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The Three Weeks are those days between 17 Tamuz, when the walls around Yerushalaim were breached by Titus's army, and 9 Av, when the Bais Hamikdash was actually destroyed. It would have been a period of heavy fighting, more than just a siege. As to your second question: The Gemara (Tanis) doesn't mention a mourning period starting from 17 Tamuz. It's an ...

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