Elderly coronavirus patients came under attack from angry youths who threw stones at a fleet of ambulances moving them to a new home in Spain.
The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion near Gibraltar, bringing 28 patients to a new care home.
Angry locals obstructed the convoy and stoned the vehicles before throwing Molotov cocktails at police who were guarding the home.
The hostile reception was in stark contrast to the cheers and applause which had greeted the convoy when it evacuated the sick patients from the town of Alcala del Valle, after a virus outbreak at their previous care home.
A gang of people, many of them wearing masks and hoods, assembled in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion to confront an ambulance convoy bringing elderly residents to their town
The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion near Gibraltar, bringing 28 patients to a new care home
Two men were arrested in La Linea de la Concepcion after parking a car across the road in a bid to stop the pensioners moving in, the Spanish government said.
Around 50 youths then surrounded their new residence, which is called Tiempo Libre or Free Time.
The locals also appeared to be breaching coronavirus lockdown rules which ban people from leaving their homes unnecessarily.
Local reports said the men involved had been sharing WhatsApp messages before the attacks in which they had threatened to set up barricades with burning tyres.
A National Police spokesman said: 'Several youths gathered at the entrance to the town and threw stones at the ambulances as well as leaving a vehicle across the road to try to prevent it reaching its destination.
'Officers arrested the two occupants of the vehicle, two men aged 32 and 35.
'Once the elderly people were taken into the home, police had to establish a security cordon around the residence as around 50 people outside threatened to cause problems.
'Other acts of vandalism occurred later on in the town.
'Several officers were identifying two individuals when an object was thrown from the roof of a nearby building which exploded as it hit the ground but missed the police.
'Thirty minutes later there was a repeat of the incident in the same place. The objects were taken away to be analysed.'
La Linea's mayor Juan Franco has condemned the attacks, saying of the culprits: 'They are a little group of undesirables and idiots who don't