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Béchar

Administration
Full nameBéchar
Official nameCommune of Béchar
Native nameبلدية بشار
Native name langar
CountryAlgeria
ProvinceBéchar (seat)
DistrictBéchar (coextensive)
Government
PMA Seats23
Geography
Total Area1949.3 sq mi (5050 km2)
Elevation2450.8 ft (747 m)
Demography
Total Population134954 (1998)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+01)
Postal code08000
ONS code0801

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Béchar ( ), formerly known as Colomb-Béchar, is a capital city of Béchar Province, Algeria. The area is controlled by Algeria, though claims have also been made on it by Morocco. In 1998 the city had a population of 134,954.

Before coal was found here in 1907, Bechar was a small populated town. It thrived on the activity of the coal mines until petroleum production seized the market.

The city is noted for its leatherwork and jewellery. Dates, vegetables, figs, cereals and almonds are produced near Béchar. Bituminous coal reserves in the region are not exploited to their greatest potential because of high transportation costs. The city was once the site of a French Foreign Legion post.

Near Béchar, there is Kenadsa longwave transmitter, whose masts are the tallest structures in Algeria.


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