Editors. "Spanish troops force the Turks to abandon the siege of Malta". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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The Ottoman Turks have been engaged in besieging the island of Malta since May, in an attempt to capture this strategically important Mediterranean outpost. They are forced to abandon this attempt when Spanish troops from Sicily arrive to bolster the Maltese forces.