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Ecuadorian Police Apprehend Gang Members Involved in Hospital Siege

Ecuadorian authorities have apprehended 68 gang members after they invaded a Yaguachi hospital in Guayas province, intending to protect a gang affiliate receiving treatment there. This follows a similar 2022 event where gunmen were arrested for storming a hospital in Chone.
The identity of the gang and the man they were safeguarding, who later succumbed to his gunshot wounds, is still unknown. Post the hospital incident, officials also uncovered a nearby "rehabilitation center” serving as a gang's command post and illegal brothel.

The arrests are part of a broader crackdown on gang violence, initiated by President Daniel Noboa, who declared a national emergency. Since January 9, over 2,700 individuals have been detained amidst the declared "armed internal conflict."

The military is now supporting police efforts, following a series of attacks, including one where a prosecutor was fatally shot in Guayaquil. The government reports that the violence has also led to the rescue of 201 hostages from rioting inmates in prisons.
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