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Town in Tunisia with about 75,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated in western-central part of the country, east of the Chambi Mountain, Tunisia's largest at 1554 metres, in the Aurès Mountains. It is the capital of Kasserine governorate with 440,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 6,712 km².
The economy of Kasserine is based on varieties of activities, like being a market centre, olive cultivation, growing of esparto grass and production of paper pulp, oil production, growing of grain, the raising of sheep and cattle. The cellulose factory has emissions of chlorine, causing at times a bad environment.
Kasserine has good road and rail connections to other urban centres of Tunisia.
2nd century BCE: The area here is known as the Roman city of Cillium.
1984 CE January: Bread riots start in Kasserine, a riot that would spread to the rest of the country.