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Melilla. Melilla (/mɛˈliːjə/ meh-LEE-yə; Spanish: [meˈliʎa]; Berber: Mřič; Arabic: مليلية‎‎, Maliliyyah) is a Spanish city located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco with an area of 12.3 square kilometres (4.7 sq mi).


Melilla, along with Ceuta, is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa. It was part of Málaga province until 14 March 1995 when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed. Melilla, like Ceuta, was a free port before Spain joined the European Union. As of 2011[update], it had a population of 78,476 made up of ethnic Spaniards, ethnic Riffian Berbers, and a small number of Sephardic Jews. Both Spanish and Riffian-Berber are the two most widely spoken languages, with Spanish as the only official language. Melilla is officially claimed by Morocco, which considers it "occupied territory". History[edit] In 1893, the Rif Berbers launched the First Melillan campaign and 25,000 Spanish soldiers had to be dispatched against them. Ceuta. Ceuta (assimilated pronunciation /ˈsjuːtə/ SEW-tə, also /ˈseɪʊtə/ SAY-uu-tə;[2] Spanish: [ˈθeuta]; Arabic: سبتة‎‎, Sabtah; Berber: Sebta) [a] is an 18.5-square-kilometre (7.1 sq mi) Spanish city located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a western border with Morocco.


Separated from the Iberian peninsula by the Strait of Gibraltar, Ceuta lies along the boundary between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Ceuta, along with the Spanish exclave Melilla, is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish territories in mainland Africa. It was part of Cádiz province until 14 March 1995 when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed.

Ceuta, like Melilla, was a free port before Spain joined the European Union. [citation needed] As of 2011, it has a population of 82,376.[1] Its population consists of Christians, Muslims (chiefly Arabic and Berber speakers), and small minorities of Jews and Indian Hindus. History[edit] A street of Ceuta, c. 1905–1910 Calle de Compañía del Mar in Ceuta. Western Sahara. Coordinates: The Western Sahara ( i/ˌwɛstərn səˈhaːrə/; Arabic: الصحراء الغربية‎ aṣ-Ṣaḥrā’ al-Gharbīyah; Spanish: Sahara Occidental; Berber: Taneẓroft Tutrimt) is a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Western Sahara

Its surface area amounts to 266,000 square kilometres (103,000 sq mi). It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The population is estimated at just over 500,000,[2] of which nearly 40% live in El Aaiún (also spelled Laâyoune), the largest city in Western Sahara. Tunisia. Sudan. "Sudanese" redirects here.


It is not to be confused with Sundanese. Sudan (Arabic: السودان‎‎ as-Sūdān, English pronunciation (US) i/suˈdæn/, (GB) /suːˈdɑːn/),[12][13] also known as North Sudan and officially the Republic of the Sudan[14] (Arabic: جمهورية السودان‎‎ Jumhūriyyat as-Sūdān), is a country in northeastern Africa. Morocco. Morocco ( i/məˈrɒkoʊ/; Arabic: المغرب‎ al-Maġrib; Berber: ⵍⵎⴰⵖⵔⵉⴱ[11] or ⵎⵓⵕⵕⴰⴽⵓⵛ Muṛṛakuc; French: Maroc[Notes 1]), officially the Kingdom of Morocco,[4] is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa.


Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The Arabic name al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎, meaning "The Western Kingdom") and Al-Maghrib (Arabic: المغرب‎, meaning "The West") are commonly used as alternate names. Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq mi). Morocco claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara as its Southern Provinces. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, while the official languages are Berber and Arabic. Etymology History Prehistory and antiquity Climate. Libya. Not to be confused with crab genus Lybia.


Libya (Arabic: ليبيا‎ Lībyā)[6][7] is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. The three traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 17th largest country in the world.[8] Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world.[9] The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million[10] of Libya's six million people.

The other large city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya. Libya has been inhabited by Berbers since the late Bronze Age. At least two political bodies claim to be the government of Libya. Etymology[edit] The name Libya ( listen ) from 1986 to 2011. Algeria. Coordinates: Algeria (Arabic: الجزائر‎ al-Jazā'ir), officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast.


Its capital and most populous city is Algiers. North Africa.