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The 1920 capture of Damascus was the final stage of the Franco-Syrian War, when French forces captured Damascus with little resistance. The Kingdom of Syria was brought to an end and the French mandate of Syria was put into effect. Shortly after, in September 1920, Damascus was established as the capital of the State of Damascus under French Mandate.

Conquest of Damascus (1920)
Part of the Franco-Syrian War
Date24 July 1920

French victory

Flag of France.svg France Flag of Kingdom of Syria (1920-03-08 to 1920-07-24).svg Syria
Commanders and leaders
French Third Republic Henri Gouraud Flag of Kingdom of Syria (1920-03-08 to 1920-07-24).svg King Faisal
Casualties and losses
Minimal casualties


The war of the Hashemites against the French, which erupted in January 1920, shortly became a devastating campaign for the new proclaimed Arab Kingdom of Syria. Worried about the results of a long bloody fight with the French, King Faisal himself surrendered on 14 July 1920, but his message would not reach King Faisal's defense minister Yusuf al-'Azma, who ignoring the King, led an army to Maysalun to defend Syria from French advance. The Battle of Maysalun resulted in a crushing Syrian defeat. The French troops later marched on Damascus and captured it on 24 July 1920.[1]

French troops met little resistance from the inhabitants of Damascus, but there were shootouts between the French and residents of the Shaghour and Midan neighborhoods at the outset of the French entry.[2] Pro-French government under the leadership of 'Ala al-Din al-Tarubi was installed one day later.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Eliezer Tauber. The Formation of Modern Syria and Iraq. Frank Cass and Co. Ltd. Portland, Oregon. 1995.
  2. ^ Gelvin, James L. (1999). Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire. University of California Press. p. 294.