Pupils read and learn the Koran during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Kheraisia, east of Algiers July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Salafists protested Friday against government plans to reopen synagogues which were closed for security reasons during Algeria's civil war of the 1990s.The North African country's Jewish population, which numbered around 130,000 when a war of independence from France broke out in 1954, is tiny, although no official figures are available.The vast majority left during the war, and those who remained were targeted by hard-line Islamists during the bloody decade of civil strife, when two of their leaders were assassinated and synagogues closed.
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