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Bab El Oued is a neighbourhood in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, along the coast north of the city centre. As of 2008, the population of the commune of Bab El Oued was 64,732.[1]

Bab El Oued

باب الواد
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
ProvinceAlgiers Province
DistrictBab El Oued District
APC2012-2017
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorAthmane Sahbane
Area
 • Total43 sq mi (11,1 km2)
Population
 • Total214,900
 • Density149,000/sq mi (57,700/km2)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Postal code
16007
ISO 3166 codeCP

HistoryEdit

During the existence of French Algeria, Bab El Oued was founded as 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 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 occupied 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.[2]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El Djazaïr (Province)". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ populstat Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.