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Municipality and town
Mijek is located in Western Sahara
Location in Western Sahara
Coordinates: 23°26′46″N 12°49′36″W / 23.44611°N 12.82667°W / 23.44611; -12.82667
Territory Western Sahara
Claimed by Spain Spain
Morocco Morocco
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Controlled by Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Sahrawi Republic
 • Type Municipality[1]
Elevation 280 m (920 ft)

Mijek (also transliterated "Miyek" or "Miyec"; Arabic: ميجك)‎ is a small town in the Río de Oro region of Western Sahara. It is located east of the Moroccan Wall, in the Liberated Territories (controlled by the Polisario Front and administered by the Sahrawi Republic), 80 km. north of the Mauritanian town of Zouérat and 250 km. east of Dakhla. It has a hospital, and reportedly a school will be opened during the 2012-2013 academic year.[2] It is the head of the 3rd military region of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.


The surroundings were the scene of several battles between Sahrawi tribes and the French Army (Battle of Teniamun in late 1931, Battle of Miyec in early 1932).[3]


On May 20, 2007, the Polisario Front celebrated in Mijek the 34th anniversary of the beginning of its armed struggle.[4] It also hosted the annual conference of the Sahrawi communities abroad (Sahrawi diaspora).[5]

On October 12, 2010, the village hosted the 35th anniversary of the "Day of National Unity", commemorating the Ain Ben Tili conference of 1975, as well as the Sahrawi diaspora conference.[6]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Mijek is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Allocating seats for the liberated territories in Parliament will be considered in the next election (Official)". Sahara Press Service. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 02-07-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Academic year 2012-2013 officially kicks off". SPS. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 10-03-2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Antequera Luengo, Juan José (2002). El sistema heráldico del Sáhara Occidental. Sevilla: FACEdiciones / Separatas universitarias nº 876. p. 25. ISBN 978-84-9986-201-9. 
  4. ^ "Une délégation marocaine participe à la célébration du 34ème anniversaire du Front Polisario (envoyés spéciaux)" (in French). SPS. 2007-05-20. Retrieved 12-10-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "La diaspora sahraouie affirme son soutien à l'"Intifada pour l'indépendance"" (in French). SPS. 2007-05-21. Retrieved 12-10-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Launch of celebrations commemorating thirty-fifth anniversary of National Unity". SPS. 12-10-2010. Retrieved 12-10-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Aytº de Elorrio (Bizkaia)" (in Spanish). Euskal Fondoa. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Gemellaggi e Patti di Amicizia Regione Toscana - Consiglio Regionale, 27 March 2010 (Italian)
  9. ^ Llanera es:Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias
  10. ^ "Aytº de Mundaka (Bizkaia)" (in Spanish). Euskal Fondoa. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Aytº de Ormaiztegi (Gipuzkoa)" (in Spanish). Euskal Fondoa. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  12. ^ "Aytº de Oyón (Álava)" (in Spanish). Euskal Fondoa. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  13. ^ "Aytº de Ugao-Miraballes (Bizkaia)" (in Spanish). Euskal Fondoa. Retrieved 2013-02-14.