Ayoun el Atrous

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Ayoun el Atrous
Rural Ayoun el Atrous
Rural Ayoun el Atrous
Ayoun el Atrous is located in Mauritania
Ayoun el Atrous
Ayoun el Atrous
Location in Mauritania
Coordinates: 16°40′N 9°37′W / 16.667°N 9.617°W / 16.667; -9.617Coordinates: 16°40′N 9°37′W / 16.667°N 9.617°W / 16.667; -9.617
Country Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
Region Hodh El Gharbi
Elevation 259 m (850 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 11,867

Ayoun al Atrous (also known as Aioun el Atrouss) (Arabic: عيون العتروس‎) is a town in southern Mauritania. It is located at around 16°40′0″N 9°37′0″W / 16.66667°N 9.61667°W / 16.66667; -9.61667. It is the capital of Hodh El Gharbi region. The city is served by the Aioun el Atrouss Airport, 6 kilometres (4 mi) north-west of the city. The town is located in the southern area of the Aoukar, a former lake basin.[1]

Ayoun al Atrous was one of the stops in the 2007 Dakar Rally.

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