Bab El Oued

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Bab El Oued
باب الوادى
City and Common
Bab El Oued.
Bab El Oued.
Location of Bab El Oued in the Algiers Province
Location of Bab El Oued in the Algiers Province
Bab El Oued is located in Algeria
Bab El Oued
Bab El Oued
Location of Bab El Oued in the Algeria
Coordinates: 36°47′26.53″N 3°2′59.03″E / 36.7907028°N 3.0497306°E / 36.7907028; 3.0497306Coordinates: 36°47′26.53″N 3°2′59.03″E / 36.7907028°N 3.0497306°E / 36.7907028; 3.0497306
Country  Algeria
Province Algiers Province
District Bab El Oued District
APC 2012-2017
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Athmane Sahbane
Area
 • Total 43 sq mi (11,1 km2)
Population (2014)
 • Total 214,900
 • Density 149,000/sq mi (57,700/km2)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal code 16007
ISO 3166 code CP

Bab El Oued is a neighbourhood in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, along the coast north of the city centre.

history[edit]

During the existence of French Algeria, Bab El Oued became the main neighbourhood of poor pied-noirs, including many poor fishermen. Towards the end of the Algerian War of Independence, the neighbourhood became the stronghold of the Organisation de l'armée secrète, until OAS attacks on the French Army led them to assault and purge the neighbourhood, during the siege of Bab el Oued on March 1962. Soon after, Algeria became independent, and the pied noir population fled the country. The neighbourhood was rapidly reoccupied by Muslim Algerians.

The neighbourhood again gained notoriety during the leadup to the Algerian Civil War (which broke out in 1991) as a stronghold of the Islamic Salvation Front, or FIS. Its population in 1998 was 102,200.[1]

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