The New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Friday Syrian security forces of removing the wounded "forcibly" from hospitals in the flashpoint city of Homs.
"Syrian security forces forcibly removed 18 wounded people from al-Barr hospital in the central city of Homs on September 7, 2011, including five from the operating room," HRW said in a statement released in Beirut.
It added that sSecurity forces also prevented medical personnel from reaching the wounded in a number of the city's neighborhoods on that day, DPA reported.
"Snatching wounded people from the operating room is inhumane and illegal, not to mention life-threatening," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
"Cutting people off from essential medical care causes grave suffering and perhaps irreparable harm."
Syria's security forces began a large-scale military operation in Homs on Wednesday during which 23 people were killed in the city and scores of others were wounded.