16 April 1799
to the south of the siege of Acre,
General Jean-Baptiste Kleber ran
into the 35,000-man army of the Pasha of Damascus.
a dangerous retreat with such a host on his back, Kleber
launched an assault on the enemy with only 1500 men. Unfortunately,
the Turkish force detected the move and swarmed to attack
two small squares Kleber's men fought off the Turks for
eight hours and was on the verge of running out of ammunition
when General Napoleon Bonaparte
arrived with an additional 2500 men and two cannons.
As the Turks seemed set for victory, Bonaparte attacked
and quickly routed the surprised enemy.
casualties are not known, but Kleber's men reported two
dead and 60 men wounded.