Lemseid or Lamssid(Arabic: لمسيد) is a small town near El-Aaiun in the Saguia el-Hamra part of Western Sahara, close to the Saguia el-Hamra (Red River) itself.

Lemseid is located in Western Sahara
Coordinates: 26°32′25″N 13°50′52″W / 26.54028°N 13.84778°W / 26.54028; -13.84778Coordinates: 26°32′25″N 13°50′52″W / 26.54028°N 13.84778°W / 26.54028; -13.84778
CountryWestern Sahara
RegionLaâyoune-Sakia El Hamra
ProvinceBoujdour Province
 • Total32.24 km2 (12.45 sq mi)
 • Total1,161
 • Density36/km2 (93/sq mi)


The Sahrawi independence activist and leader of the Harakat Tahrir, Muhammad Bassiri, grew up here in the 1950s. It was one of the first cities to be enclosed by the Moroccan Wall during the fighting between the Polisario Front and the Moroccan Army after the invasion of Western Sahara in 1975.

In October 2010, thousands of Sahrawis fled from El Aaiun, Smara or Bojador to the outskirts of Lemseid (Gdeim Izik), raising up a campament of thousands of "jaimas" (Sahrawi tents) called the "Dignity camp", in the biggest Sahrawi mobilization since the Spanish retreat.[1] They protest for the discrimination of Sahrawis in labor and for the spoliation of the natural resources of Western Sahara. They were surrounded by Moroccan Army and police, who made a blockage of water, food and medicines to the camp.[2][3]

Geography and climateEdit

Lemseid is in the Boujdour Province, between the towns of Boujdour to the southwest and Laayoune to the northeast.

Lamssid has a hot desert climate (Köppen classification BWh). The annual average temperature is 20.8 °C (69.4 °F). The average annual precipitation is 37 millimetres (1.5 in).[4]


  1. ^ "Los saharauis realizan su mayor protesta desde hace 35 años" (in Spanish). El País. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. ^ "Exodus in protest of the pillage". Western Sahara Resource Watch. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  3. ^ "Los saharauis acampan en masa contra la ocupación marroquí del Sáhara Occidental" (in Spanish). El Periódico. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  4. ^ "Climat Lamssid", en.climate-data.org (in Spanish)