Kenitra

Kenitra

[kuh-nee-truh]
noun
a port in NW Morocco, NE of Rabat.
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Kénitra (French kenitra)
 
n
Also called: Mina Hassan Tani, Former name (1932--56): Port Lyautey a port in NW Morocco, on the Sebou River 16 km (10 miles) from the Atlantic. Pop: 598 000 (2003)

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kenitra

port city, northern Morocco. It is situated 10 miles (16 km) above the mouth of the Sebou River. Before the French protectorate was established, Kenitra (Arabic: Al-Qunaytirah, "Little Bridge") was a fort; the settlement and port, built by order of Marshal L.-H.-G. Lyautey, date from 1913. Kenitra is a shipping centre for agricultural produce (mainly fruit), fish, timber, and lead and zinc ores. The city's industrial area lies upstream of the port. Kenitra is 6 miles (10 km) east of the Mehdiya ruins, a site of foreign occupation dating back to the Carthaginian period. The city is connected by railway and road with Sidi Kacem and Meknes and by road with Casablanca and Larache.

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