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Sétif(sātēf`), ancient Sitifis, city (1998 pop. 211,859), capital of Sétif prov., NE Algeria. It is the commercial center of a region where native textiles and phosphates are manufactured and cereals are grown. Sétif was built by the French on the ruins of the Roman town of Sitifis, founded in the 1st cent. A.D. In 1945, more than 100 Europeans were killed in a revolt against French rule; it resulted in a bloody reprisal in which more than 6,000 Muslims died. There is a Roman mausoleum on the outskirts of the city.
a city in northeastern Algeria and capital of Sétif Wilaya (Department). Population, 98,000 (1967). Sétif has a railroad station. A trade and industrial center, it has enterprises of the food industry, including a hulling mill and plants for the production of baby food and macaroni, and of the electrical engineering industry, including a storage-battery plant. Enterprises manufacturing building materials include plants for the production of asbestos-cement products, facing panels, and cement. A plant producing plastic products is also located in the city. Algeria’s largest plant for the production of nuts, bolts, and hardware is under construction (1976) near Sétif. The city also has a carpet-weaving industry. Sétif was founded in the first century B.C.