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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 389



in its results, for the conquest of the other principal forts of the neighbourhood followed as a matter of course, and Daburiyeh, Jaibin, Towâliyeh, Lejun, Beisan, and other places fell into the Saracens' hands, including the entire provinces of Tiberias and Acre. The Sultan then ordered his nephew, El Melik el Muzaffar to march upon the fortress of Tibnin. After a week's siege the inhabitants were obliged to sue for quarter. The request was referred to Saladin personally, who granted quarter to the defenders of the town, taking hostages for their good conduct, on condition of their entirely surrendering it within five days, and setting free all the Mohammedan captives who remained in their hands. This plan he adopted thenceforth with all places which he conquered, and thus set at liberty a large number of prisoners, many of whom were doubtless fighting men, and would add greatly to the numerical strength of his army. The occupation of Tibnin by Saladin's troops took place on the 26th of July, 1187, and three days afterwards the Muslim flag was flying from the walls of Sidon. Saladin next attacked Beirut, which place prepared for a long resistance; but his sappers and miners having succeeded in undermining the wall and weakening the foundations of the tower, the besieged deemed it better to capitulate, and the town was occupied by the Saracens on the 6th of August. While he was at Beirut a letter came to the Sultan from one of his officers at Damascus, informing him that Odo, Lord of Jebail, who, it will be remembered, was taken prisoner at Hettin, had consented to surrender his town on condition that he should be himself released from captivity. Saladin ordered him to be brought to Beirut in chains, and having concluded the bargain and obtained possession of Jebail (August 14th), he set Odo at liberty. The arrangement was not a politic one for the Mussulmans,


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