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After the destruction of Napoleon’s warships in the Battle of the Nile, Selim decided to send Ottoman soldiers to destroy Napoleon’s army. Selim ordered one of his armies to attack Napoleon’s soldiers from Syria. He ordered a second army to sail from the
In January 1799, Ottoman soldiers from Syria took control of Arish: a city on the Mediterranean coast of the
Napoleon learned of Selim’s plans to attack him with two armies. He decided to attack the first Ottoman army in
Napoleon then marched his army north through
Then something unexpected began to happen. French soldiers started dying of the plague.
Napoleon and his army next marched north 19 mi (30 km) and reached the
During its retreat, Napoleon’s army stole all the food, animals, and property it could carry. It set fire to everything else. To make his army’s retreat even faster, Napoleon told his men to murder all their prisoners. He even ordered them to murder all French soldiers who were too sick or wounded to walk.