Laghouat

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Laghouat
الأغواط
City
Laghouat
Laghouat
Location of Laghouat in Laghouat Province
Location of Laghouat in Laghouat Province
Laghouat is located in Algeria
Laghouat
Laghouat
Location of Laghouat in Algeria
Coordinates: 33°48′10″N 2°52′30″E / 33.80278°N 2.87500°E / 33.80278; 2.87500Coordinates: 33°48′10″N 2°52′30″E / 33.80278°N 2.87500°E / 33.80278; 2.87500
Country  Algeria
Province Laghouat Province
District Laghouat District
APC 2012-2017
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Benbehaz béchir
Area
 • Total 200 sq mi (400 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total 170,693
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal code 03000
ISO 3166 code CP
Website www.laghouat-dz.org
Laghouat in the Algerian Sahara (1879)

Laghouat (English: Laghwat French: Laghouat Arabic: الأغواط‎) is the capital city of the Laghouat Province, Algeria, 400 km south of the Algerian capital Algiers. As of 2005, the population of the city was 126,291 inhabitants. Nearby, in Hassi R'Mel, there is the largest natural gas reserve in Africa.

The city was founded in the 11th century. In 1852, the French captured the city. Since 1974, it is an province.

Laghwat town in the Amour Range of the Saharan Atlas is an oasis on the north edge of the Sahara Desert. It is an important administrative and military center and marketplace and is known for rug and tapestry weaving. There are natural gas deposits in the region. The town has a meteorological station. Laghouat traces its history at least to the 11th century. It paid tribute to Morocco in the 17th century. The Turks captured Laghouat in 1786, and the French conquered the city in 1852.

The city is served by Laghouat Airport (IATA: LOO, ICAO: DAUL).

In January 2012 Laghouat was the site of anti-government protests over housing, infrastructure, and treatment of the elderly by police. The police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 injured, several arrested in Algeria protests". Agent France Press. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Anger at squalid housing unleashes Algeria protest". Reuters. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 

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