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El Aaiún

Full nameEl-Aaiún
Official nameEl-Aaiún
Native nameالعيون al-ʾAyūn ⵍⵄⵢⵓⵏ
Other nameLaâyoune
Non-Self-Governing TerritoryWestern Sahara
Claimed byMorocco,
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Controlled byMorocco
Total Population196331 (2010)
Other information
Time zoneUTC (UTC)

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El-Aaiún (also transliterated "Laâyoune" or "El Ayun"; Arabic: العيون, transliterated al-ʾAyūn, lit. "The Springs"), is a city in Western Sahara founded by the Spanish in 1928. Administered by Morocco since 1976, El-Aaiún is the capital of what the Moroccan government called the region of Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra, and POLISARIO called Occupied Territories. It is also claimed by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as their capital.

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