Ecuadorean security forces have arrested 68 gang members after they stormed a hospital in the town of Yaguachi, in Guayas province.
Officials said the men tried to take over the facility, at which a member of their gang was receiving treatment.
Police said the intruders’ aim was to guard the patient from potential attacks from rivals.
There have been previous incidents in which gang members have been targeted while in hospital.
In 2022, seven gunmen were arrested when they stormed a hospital in the town of Chone in search of a rival gang member who was in intensive care.