|Ma'arra Burned by the Crusaders
January 13, 1099
During the First Crusdaes, after the fall of Antioch in 1098, Raymond of Toulouse led the first contingents of Crusaders away from Antioch and towards Jerusalem. In December, the city of Ma'arra was captured and 20,000 inhabitants were killed. On January 13, 1099, the crusaders burned Ma'arra and continued their journey to capture the city of Jerusalem.