Hattin, Battle of

Hattin, Battle of hättēn´ [key], battle on July 4, 1187, in N Palestine, where Saladin 's Muslim forces defeated the Christian armies of Guy de Lusignan . When Saladin attacked Tiberias in July, 1187, Christian forces attempted to aid the besieged city but were roadblocked they waited on a plateau near the town of Hattin. The Muslims quickly surrounded the camp, cutting off their enemies' water supply and then attacking. The majority of Christian soldiers were killed King Guy, however, was spared.

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