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Coordinates: 31°37′N 2°13′W / 31.617°N 2.217°W / 31.617; -2.217

Commune of Béchar
بلدية بشار
Bechar location.svg
Map of Béchar Province highlighting Béchar Municipality
ONS code 0801
Postal code 08000
Province Béchar (seat)
District Béchar (coextensive)
PMA Seats 23
Area 5050 km² (1950 sq mi)
Altitude 747 m (2454 ft)
Population 134 954 (1998)
Density 27/km² (69/sq mi)
Time Zone Central European Time (UTC+1)

Béchar (Arabic: بشار‎), 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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Location

Béchar is located in northwestern region of Algeria roughly 58 km south of the Moroccan border.

Climate

Weather data for Béchar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 14.8
(59)
16.2
(61)
18.8
(66)
24.5
(76)
29.0
(84)
36.1
(97)
37.0
(99)
35.9
(97)
29.7
(85)
24.0
(75)
18.7
(66)
16.3
(61)
Average low °C (°F) -2.9
(27)
2.6
(37)
4.7
(40)
8.5
(47)
13.6
(56)
16.9
(62)
19.4
(67)
17.6
(64)
13.4
(56)
10.1
(50)
7.8
(46)
3.2
(38)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.9
(1.18)
25.3
(1)
15.8
(0.62)
12.7
(0.5)
4.4
(0.17)
0.8
(0.03)
0.9
(0.04)
3.6
(0.14)
20.0
(0.79)
31.6
(1.24)
28.2
(1.11)
31.4
(1.24)
Source: National Weather Service 1974-2007

Transport

It is served by a narrow gauge railway station of SNTF, which in 2008, may be replaced with a standard gauge railway.

Historical population

Year Population[1]
1936 5,100
1954 43,300
1966 46,500
1977 56,600 (town)
72,800 (municipality)
1987 107,300
1998 134,500

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A qibba at the Thaghirt Oasis
A qibba at the Thaghirt Oasis

Bechar is a city in Algeria's Saharan Atlas region.

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