Encouraged by news that the Romans had suffered setbacks at Jotapata, the village of Jopha 16 KM south of the site of the siege declared for the rebels. Vespasian couldn't allow the rebels to think that Rome was weak, or incapable of squashing this rebellion, nor could he allow threats like this to his rear to exist. Vespasian dispatched Trajan with a Vexillation of 2,000 infantry and 1,000 cavalry to subdue Jopha. When Trajan arrived, he found the village was well fortified with double walls, and its garrison greatly outnumbered his small army.
Trajan was just pondering over how he would capture the strong enemy position, when the gates of the village suddenly opened and the Jews sallied out to meet him in a pitched battle. Trajan was only too eager to accept the challenge, and the qualititive superiority of the Romans once again was too much for the Jews to handle, who were defeated and driven back into Jopha. Trajan pursued the rebels, who were unable to close their gates in time before he followed them in, and a mass slaughter of the Jews commenced as the Romans put everyone to the sword.
The remaining Jewish defenders barred themselves behind the village's second wall, refusing the trapped Jews at the first wall to enter. Chaos ensued, where the Jews began to turn on one another, and the Jews died cursing their own countrymen rather than the Romans who slew them. Trajan reserved the final touches of the victory to Vespasian however, who sent Titus with 1,000 infantry and 500 cavalry along with ladders to storm the second wall. Together, Trajan and Titus attacked the final Jewish holdout, which for a while held its own. But eventually the Romans drove them back, and the fighting poured into the village streets, where even the women joined in by throwing stones at the Romans from rooftops. For six hours, battle raged, an unusually long time and a sign of the stubbornness of the Jewish defense. But the final outcome was never in question: Jopha was sacked as an example, over 15,000 people were killed and the remaining 2,130 women and children were captured to be sold as slaves.