Skhira

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Skhira
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Skhira is located in Tunisia
Skhira
Skhira
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 34°18′2″N 10°4′15″E / 34.30056°N 10.07083°E / 34.30056; 10.07083Coordinates: 34°18′2″N 10°4′15″E / 34.30056°N 10.07083°E / 34.30056; 10.07083
Country Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
Governorate Sfax Governorate
Population (2004)
 • Total 8,627
Time zone CET (UTC1)

Skhira (Arabic: الصخيرة‎) is a coastal town in central-eastern Tunisia. It is located at around 34°18′2″N 10°4′15″E / 34.30056°N 10.07083°E / 34.30056; 10.07083. It lies on the coast of the Gulf of Gabes. It has a large oil terminal for pipelines coming from the Tunisian and Algerian oilfields. The old village grew in the late nineteenth century as the centre of the export trade in esparto grass, used in the manufacture of paper.