At least thirty people have lost their lives since the latest attack by Renel Destina’s gang – also known as Ti Lapli – in the Carrefour-Fayette district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.

Since Tuesday, thousands of residents have left Carrefour-Feij, on foot, on motorbikes or piled into cars, some laden with bags and suitcases, others with mattresses on the roofs of their cars – among them women, children and the elderly.

The thousands of displaced people found temporary shelter in schools and a sports center, others on the street, set up makeshift tents.

Carrefour-Fayette is a strategic gang district, and is often targeted by the Gran Ravine gang of Thi Laplie, a notorious thug wanted by the FBI.

The 41-year-old Destina man is wanted by the US for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of US citizens for ransom in 2021.

In February 2021, Haitian Destina and associates allegedly kidnapped an American and held the victim hostage for ransom for 14 days. The victim was allegedly held at gunpoint, beaten and threatened by the gang and was only released after a ransom was paid.