Alameddine and Hamze gang members try to flee Sydney as cops make life hell in hunt for assassins


Members and associates of two warring Sydney gangs have tried to flee the city during a police crackdown to end their conflict for good

The driveway murders of Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, at Guildford last week sparked fears of an all-out gang war between the Alameddine and Hamze gangs in south-west Sydney.

The shootings followed the earlier execution-style murders of Bilal Hamze and his cousin Mejid Hamze.

NSW Police launched Strike Force Hawk in response to the latest shootings in an effort to end the spate of killings, targeting members of both gangs as well more than 300 associates. 

The driveway murders of Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, at Guildford last week sparked fears of an all-out gang war between members of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs in south-west Sydney

The driveway murders of Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, at Guildford last week sparked fears of an all-out gang war between members of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs in south-west Sydney

Police are seen in a Guildford street on the day Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, were shot dead outside their residence

The killers are believed to have switched to a grey Ford Mustang  and fled the scene. Pictured is a burnt out Lexus being taken away by police for further investigation

The killers are believed to have switched to a grey Ford Mustang  and fled the scene. Pictured is a burnt out Lexus being taken away by police for further investigation

‘We want to put as many of these people in jail as we can and we want to stop any avenue for violence that we can,’ State Crime Command boss Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett told The Daily Telegraph.

‘We don’t want any more public place shootings, whether they’re shooting houses, people or anything like that, and we certainly don’t want any more murders.’

Chief Supt Bennett said the intensified police activity had seen associates of the gangs try to leave Sydney to lay low.  

Police revealed they had seized $127,000 worth of drugs, and $35,000 in cash and guns, in the week since the double murder of the Hamzes.    

A stolen grey Ford Mustang used by two suspects in the murders as a getaway car had also been tracked down to a garage in Guildford.

Three men were also arrested over an ­alleged bashing of Mohamad 'Butch' Haouchar (pictured), after a video appeared of the heavily tattooed man abusing members of the Alameddine gang members, NSW police said

Three men were also arrested over an ­alleged bashing of Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haouchar (pictured), after a video appeared of the heavily tattooed man abusing members of the Alameddine gang members, NSW police said

Abdul Zreika, 19, Bailey ­Togiavalu, 20, and Ali Elmoubayed, 28, were arrested in dawn raids at Merrylands and Lidcombe on Tuesday after a video of Mohamad 'Butch' Haouchar (pictured) emerged

Abdul Zreika, 19, Bailey ­Togiavalu, 20, and Ali Elmoubayed, 28, were arrested in dawn raids at Merrylands and Lidcombe on Tuesday after a video of Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haouchar (pictured) emerged

Three men were also arrested over an ­alleged bashing of Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haouchar, after a video appeared of the heavily tattooed man abusing members of the Alameddine gang, NSW police said.

Abdul Zreika, 19, Bailey ­Togiavalu, 20, and Ali Elmoubayed, 28, were arrested in dawn raids at Merrylands and Lidcombe on Tuesday.

They face a number of assault charges but it’s not suggested they are involved in the deaths of the Hamze family members.

‘F…. Rafat (Alameddine), f… Hamdi (Alameddine), f… Talal (Alameddine), f… the lot of youse,’ Haouchar said in the clip.

Detectives recently acknowledged the war had spread beyond the gangs that spawned it, and they are battling professional killers recruited by the gangland warlords to execute their enemies with precision. 

Just last month, police discovered a lock-up garage in upmarket Cammeray on the lower North Shore where they allege hitmen for hire were stashing stolen cars months in advance of planned hits.

The discovery came a month after traffic cops foiled an alleged attempted execution of Ibrahem Hamze when they spotted a stolen Mercedes-Benz in North Sydney.

Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said the intensified police activity had seen associates of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs try to leave Sydney to lay low

Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said the intensified police activity had seen associates of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs try to leave Sydney to lay low

When they tried to pull it over, the masked gunmen fled, later allegedly carjacking a Toyota Corolla, threatening the 76-year-old male driver with a gun, and escaping.

The alleged plot to kill Ibrahem Hamze came just two months after his brother Bilal Hamze was gunned down outside a Japanese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.

And it followed the October 2020 deadly attack on Mejid Hamzy, little brother of Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy, currently serving 40 years in Goulburn’s Supermax prison.

The four murders in the past year are just the latest escalation of the blood feuds Brothers 4 Life has been involved with since around 2012.  

Chief Superintendent Bennett admitted they faced an army of mercenaries carrying out executions to order now.

‘There’s no doubt that there’s guns for hire in south-western Sydney,’ he said. ‘There’s no doubt that these crime gangs are using those people.

‘We’re doing our best to monitor and manage them as best we can and we’re having significant success.’



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