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Gang members of Alameddine and Hamze try to flee Sydney as cops make life hell hunting killers

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

The murders in the driveway of Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, last week in Guildford raised fears of an all-out gang war between the Alameddine and Hamze gangs in southwestern 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 murders targeting members of both gangs and more than 300 associates.

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

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

The killers would have switched to a gray Ford Mustang and fled.  Pictured is a burnt-out Lexus being taken by police for further investigation

The killers would have switched to a gray Ford Mustang and fled. Pictured is a burnt-out Lexus being taken by police for further investigation

“We want to put as many of these people in jail as possible and we want to stop any possibility of violence,” Chief Inspector Darren Bennett, the head of the State Crime Command, told The Daily Telegraph.

“We don’t want any more shootings in public spaces, whether it’s shooting at houses, people or anything like that, and we certainly don’t want any more murders.”

Chief Supt Bennett said intensified police activity had seen gang members try to leave Sydney to keep quiet.

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

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

Three men were also arrested for allegedly assaulting Mohamad 'Butch' Haouchar (pictured), after a video emerged of the heavily tattooed man abusing members of the Alameddine gang, NSW police said.

Three men were also arrested for allegedly assaulting Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haouchar (pictured), after a video emerged 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 Tuesday during raids in Merrylands and Lidcombe after a video of Mohamad 'Butch' Haouchar (pictured) surfaced

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

Three men were also arrested on suspicion of beating up Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haouchar after a video emerged 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 Tuesday in dawn raids in Merrylands and Lidcombe.

They face a number of charges, but there is no suggestion that they are involved in the deaths of the Hamze family members.

“F… Rafat (Alameddine), f… Hamdi (Alameddine), f… Talal (Alameddine), f… all of you,” Haouchar said in the clip.

Detectives have recently recognized that the war had spread beyond the gangs that spawned the war, and they are fighting professional assassins recruited by the warlords of the gang countries to execute their enemies with precision.

Last month, police discovered a locked garage in upscale Cammeray on the lower North Shore, where they claim hitmen hid stolen cars months before the planned hits.

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

Chief Inspector Darren Bennett said intensified police activity had seen employees of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs try to leave Sydney to keep quiet.

Chief Inspector Darren Bennett said intensified police activity had seen employees of the Alameddine and Hamze gangs try to leave Sydney to keep quiet.

When they tried to persuade him, the masked gunmen, later allegedly carjacking a Toyota Corolla, fled the 76-year-old male driver with a gun and escaped.

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

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

The four murders over the past year are just the latest escalation of the blood feud that Brothers 4 Life has been involved in since about 2012.

Chief Superintendent Bennett admitted they were confronted by an army of mercenaries who are now carrying out executions to order.

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

“We are doing our best to monitor and manage them as best we can and we are having great success.”

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