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Commune of Tindouf
بلدية تندوف
Map of Algeria highlighting Tindouf Province
Map of Tindouf Province highlighting Tindouf Municipality
ONS code 3701
Postal code 37000
Province Tindouf (seat)
District Tindouf (seat)
PMA Seats 11
Area 70 009 km² (27 031 sq mi)
Population 25 266 (1998)
Density 0,36/km² (0,05/sq mi)
Time Zone Central European Time (UTC+1)

Tindouf (Arabic: تندوف‎) is the main town in Tindouf Province, Algeria, close to the Mauritanian, Moroccan and Western Saharan borders. The region is considered of strategic significance, and it houses Algerian military bases. Since 1975, it also contains several Sahrawi refugee camps operated by the Polisario Front (see this article). There is an airport outside Tindouf, north-west of the town, with regular Air Algérie flights to Algiers and other cities. Within the municipal territory of Tindouf, there is Gara Djebilet, a settlement near the border with Mauritania with a iron mine and a defunct airport. It is approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Aet Legra.


The town of Tindouf was built near an isolated Saharan oasis in 1852 by members of the Tajakant tribe, but sacked and destroyed by Reguibat tribe in 1895. It remained deserted until French troops arrived in the area in 1934. Since Algerian independence in 1962, the town has been purposely built up, partly because of its importance as a last outpost before the Moroccan and Mauritanian borders.


Tindouf has a population of 44,058 (2006 estimates).[1]

Year Population
1977 (Census) 6,044
1987 (Census) 13,084
2006 (Estimate) 44,058


Coordinates: 27°40′31″N 8°07′43″W / 27.6754°N 8.1285°W / 27.6754; -8.1285

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