3-7 March, 1799
captured Gaza, Napoleon Bonaparte
and his Army of Egypt moved to take the stronghold at Jaffa.
three days of arriving, the time-conscious French launched
themselves at the fort and overwhelmed it.
4500 defenders were taken prisoner and would have been given
parole, but Bonaparte discovered that most of them had previously
given their word not to fight again and had been released
after El Arish.
furious Bonaparte then consulted his commanders about how
to deal with them. It took over a week to decide their fate
- which was to be executed.
following massacre may have impressed his opponent Djezzar
Pasha with its ruthlessness, but it was an act that gave
Bonaparte's detractors plenty of ammunition with which to
again the lengthy delay gave Djezzar and his troops at Acre
time to better prepare that city's defences.