The Assad regime has targeted the last medical clinic in the besieged town of Madaya, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported on Sunday. Pro-regime forces, including fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah, were involved in the assault. The network claims that barrel bombs, mortars and surface-to-surface rockets were fired from military checkpoints surrounding the town.
According to the report, the offensive has destroyed a lot of Maday's infrastructure and killed at least eight people, including three children and two civil defence personnel. In addition, at least 58 people have been wounded, including two civil defence workers; 36 of those injured are in a critical condition.
Local residents in Madaya have said that the assault is "retaliation" against armed opposition groups which have been shelling the pro-regime towns of Kafrayya and Al Fou'a following the intensification of shelling by government forces in Idlib province.