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The castle of Qala'a er-Rabath near Ajlun (20 000 inhabitants), is located on the site of an old monastery. It was built by Ezz-ed-din Oussama, a general of Saladin army, in 1184. It permitted to control the road of Damas and Egypt. The fortress marks the limit which the Franks could never exceed in the east. The Mamelukes increased it then, adding its square tower in particular to it. It was taken by the Mongols into 1260 and partially destroyed.