Laayoune or El Aaiun, as it is known in Spanish, is located in the Western Sahara region of Morocco. The population of approximately 200,000 inhabitants is an interesting mix of Moroccans as well as the natives of the Sahara the Sahrawis.
Laayoune has been the centre of the dispute between Morocco and the Sahrawis’ movement for independence. Ceasefire came under trouble in 2005 with riots and demonstrations by the Sahrawis.
This region has a typically continental climate with rarely any rain. Summers are hot and dry and winters are chilly.
Laayoune started off as a Spanish settlement along the River Seguiat al Hamra a seasonal river. More settlers led to the development of a second town on the nearby hills. Eventually, the two settlements converged into one city.
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