A growing number of tombstones in Rookwood – Sydney’s biggest graveyard – belong to members of the Hamze crime network.
What started as a feud between rival bikies in Sydney’s south-west has blown up into an all-out war that now stretches across the city and even into the leafy North Shore.
Police believe crime families are using mercenary guns-for-hire to carry out their brutal executions with military-style precision to slaughter their Hamze enemies.
The bloody Hamze-Alameddine gangland battle clicked up yet another gear on Wednesday when Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, were shot dead.
The pair were executed outside their home in Guildford as they prepared to go to work in their battered old Nissan Navara ute.
While Salim had loose ties to the Hamze gang – but wasn’t related – his father was a wholly innocent victim of the gang war, condemned to death by his surname.
While Salim (pictured) had loose ties to the Hamze gang – but wasn’t related – police admit Toufik Hamze was an innocent victim of the gang war, condemned to death by his surname
The pair were executed outside their home in Guildford as they prepared to go to work in their battered old Nissan Navara ute (Salim Hamze’s lifeless body lies under a blue sheet)
Pictured: This is the lonely tombstone of Bilal Hamze, the crime boss who was killed in a bitter war between his family and the Alameddine clan. Bilal was shot dead earlier this year
The killing was carried out with surgical precision. The assassins swooped as the father and son stepped outside to get into their ute, unleashed a volley of shots then fled.
They raced from the scene in a high-powered Lexus SUV to a pre-arranged point 1.8km away in a little-used back street where they had stashed a second getaway car.
They torched the Lexus before piling into a grey or dark-coloured high-speed Ford Mustang and drove away without trace.
The previous two hits on the Hamzes in the past year also had all the hallmarks of the clinical efficiency now being used against the gangland clan.
Detectives now acknowledge the war has spread beyond the families that spawned it, and they are battling professional killers recruited by the gangland warlords to execute their enemies with precision.
Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik Hamze, 64, (pictured) were killed in a spray of bullets as they sat in the front seat of a red utility in Guildford on Wednesday
Medics try to save Toufik Hamze, 64, after he was shot on Wednesday beside his son Salim, 18. The fatal shooting were an extension of the bloody Hamze-Alameddine gangland battle.
Salim and his father Toufik were just about to leave for work when they were shot dead outside their Guilford home (pictured) just before 9am on Wednesday
The move has seen the battleground extend beyond the families’ base of the city’s western and south-western suburbs and had now flared up in the north, east and city centre.
Police Minister David Elliott warned on Friday officers would ‘not stop’ until culprits were off the streets.
“This ’boutique approach’ to lawlessness by these gangs is taking control, and we have to stop at nothing,’ he said.
“What’s going to happen is that they will either find themselves in Long Bay [Correctional Centre] or in Rookwood [Cemetery].’
The state’s anti-bikie squad, Strike Force Raptor, would ‘fight fire with fire’ if required on the streets.
The previous two hits on the Hamzes in the past year also had all the hallmarks of the clinical efficiency now being used against the gangland clan
Police later 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 assassination attempts
Traffic cops foiled an alleged attempted execution of Ibrahem Hamze when they spotted an allegedly stolen Mercedes-Benz in North Sydney (pictured)
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.
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.
Bassam Hamzy (pictured) is the founder of Brothers 4 Life bikie gang, currently serving a 40 tear sentence in the Goulburn Supermax jail
Bilal Hamzy, the cousin of Bassam, was executed in a drive-by shooting in Sydney’s CBD in June (pictured above sequence of events)
Tensions between different chapters of the bikie gang ultimately led to Yehye Amood being shot dead, and then quickly escalated with a series of further shootings.
In 2013 however, the feud took a sinister twist when the mothers of gang members began to be targeted.
One gangster Ashkan Rabaji turned up at the home of a gangster’s mother to demand payment for a job he had done for her son.
Days later Rabaji’s mother Maha Hamze – aunt of Bassam Hamzy – was shot eight times in the legs.
From this point on, it was war.
The front yard of Toufik Hamze’s home (pictured) where the pair died was littered with construction site debris, including a toilet and a frying pan
Police tried block Ghassan Amoun and Ibrahem Hamze from going to Bilal’ Hamzes funeral in a bid to avert more possible bloodshed, but the men ignored the warnings. (Pictured, mourners at the funeral in June)
A burnt out Lexus SUV (pictured) found 1.8km away in Murdock Lane shortly afterwards has since been towed away
Rabaji and Bilal survived an assassination attempt in July, but in October BFL member Mahmoud Hamzy, 27, cousin of Bassam, was shot dead. Five BFL members were later charged with his murder.
The following month Michael Odisho was shot several times. and the next day Alameddine associate – and former Brothers 4 Life member – Masood Zakaria escaped a shooting attempt on his life, but a 13 year old girl was caught in the crossfire and injured by shotgun pellets.
More deaths and reprisals followed, as the pursuit of power and pride drove both crews to ever more desperate attacks.
At stake is the control of Sydney’s drug trade and organised crime – but also driven by family honour.
Ghassan Amoun (centre) and Ibrahem Hamze (second from right) are among the alleged senior members of the Hamzy/Hamze underworld clan
A burnt out Lexus SUV (pictured) was found 1.8km away in Murdock Lane a short time after the shooting
Salim Hamze, 18, (left) and his father Toufik Hamze, 64, (right) were killed in a spray of bullets as they sat in the front seat of a red utility in Guildford on Wednesday
The latest spate of bloody violence is said to date back to a street fight in October 2020 that saw Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddine clan – beaten with a metal bar by three men, allegedly including Ibrahem Hamze.
The brawl was sparked by an intercepted drugs cache which reignited old tensions.
A few days later Rafat Alameddine’s home was shot at in a drive-by shooting, which has been linked to Salim Hamze.
The following day the bloodshed began with Mejid Hamzy’s murder, followed by Bilal, then Salim and Toufik Hamze’s executions.
Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett, State Crime Command Director, 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 families are using those people.
‘We’re doing our best to monitor and manage them as best we can and we’re having significant success.’
NSW Police believe the crime families are using mercenary guns for hire to carry out the brutal executions with clinical military-style precision. (PIctured, police at the scene of the Guildford shooting on Wednesday)
Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett, State Crime Command Director, (pictured) admitted they faced an army of mercenaries carrying out executions to order now
He added: ‘These feuds relate to family disagreements or relate to drug trafficking. They relate to organised crime territory.
‘There’s a number of people who are in our southwestern part of Sydney who are more than happy to deal with solve their problems with violence.
‘We’ve had this going on for a number of years now – tit for tat targeted shootings. I’m not shying away at all from the fact that we’ve got a significant issue in our south-western suburbs.’
The police’s biggest fear is innocents being caught in crossfire of the gangland warfare, as happened to Toufik Hamze on Wednesday.
‘This gentleman, a 64 year old man who’s now deceased, was in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ said DCS Bennet.
They believe Toufik Hamze was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire of the bloody hit, and neighbours said they were sure a ‘terrible mistake’ had been made.
The assassins made their escape in a Lexus SUV which was later found burning out in Murdock Lane, less than 2km away from the shooting (pictured)
Mr Hamze had lived for years at number 17 on Osgood St in Guildford, literally across the road from the Alameddines at number 18.
Residents in the street insist that, despite the deadly feud between their namesakes, there was never any friction between the two families on Osgood St.
Daily Mail Australia understands the Hamze victims were distant relatives of the family at the centre of the underworld conflict, and Toufik was not involved.
‘I think someone has made a terrible mistake,’ said one neighbour. ‘I think there’s been a misunderstanding.
‘Toufik was not related to the gangster Hamzes, They were not from the same family, same village, same part of Lebanon or even the same religion.
‘He had nothing to do with the other Hamzes.’
DCS Bennet said those involved think ‘nothing of executing someone who’s in their way, or who will provide evidence to the police down the track.
The police’s biggest fear is innocents being caught in crossfire of the gangland warfare as happened to Toufik Hamze on Wednesday. (Pictured, police at the scene of the Guildford shooting on Wednesday)
Salim and Toufik Hamze were found in the front seats of their bullet-riddled Nissan Navara ute (pictured here being taken away by police for forensic investigation)
The killers are believed to have switched to a grey or dark coloured Ford Mustang and fled the scene. (Pictured, the burnt out Lexus being taken away by police for further investigation)
‘These retribution-style, drug turf-style shootings are an ongoing problem. We’re always worried about reprisals.
‘We’re worried about reprisals, worried about family feuds. And we’re also worried about drug and kidnapping turf wars.
‘The incidents of public place shooting have been coming down this year,’ he insisted. ‘And they’ll continue to come down this year.
‘Unfortunately for us, when a significant matter like this takes place, we seem like we’re back to square one – and we’re investigating another double murder.’
Police now expect the gang war to ramp up, with at least two more Hamze family members warned they are on the Alameddine’s kill list.
Ghassam Amoun, brother of Bassam Hamzy, was told he was the number one target after Bilal was gunned down outside a restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.
A secret police document submitted to court revealed Amoun and Bilal’s brother Ibrahem Hamze were at the top of an underworld hitlist.
THE TIMELINE OF SYDNEY’S BLOODY GANGLAND WAR
MAY 2007 – Prison officers find notes in Bassam Hamzy’s Lithgow jail cell referring to the Brothers 4 Life bikie gang for the first time
OCTOBER 2012 – Tensions between the Bankstown and Blacktown chapters of B4L blow up with the shooting of Yehye Amood, 27 and Bassim Hijazi. Amhoom is killed but Hijazi survives and flees to Lebanon
MARCH 9, 2013 – Bassam Hamzy’s aunt Maha Hamze is shot eight times in the legs, but survives, in a reprisal attack for her son Ashkan Rajabi demanding money from another gang member’s mother
JULY 2013 – Ashkan Rajabi and Bilal Hamze survive an assassination attempt in Wenworthville
OCTOBER 29, 2013 – Mahmoud Hamzy – cousin of Bassim Hamzy – shot dead in Revesby Heights. Five B4L members were later charged with the murder
NOVEMBER 3, 2013 – B4L member Michael Odisho shot but survives
NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – Masood Zakaria – an Alameddine associate – survives shooting attempt but his 13 year old sister is injured by shotgun pellets
DECEMBER 16, 2013 – Standover man Joe Antoun shot dead in Strathfield
JANUARY 1, 2014 – Farhad Qaumi shot at as his yacht pulls into Rose Bay Marina in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (pictured) after the NYE fireworks
DECEMBER 11, 2014 – Bassam Hamzy’s mother Lola Hamzy was shot through her front door in Auburn
APRIL 9, 2016 – Safwan Charbaji – a relative of Alameddine associates – shot dead outside a smash repair shop in Condell Park
APRIL 29. 2016 – Wally Ahmad – associate of the Hamzi family – shot dead in Bankstown
OCTOBER 25, 2016 – Hamad Assad executed in Georges Hall. Assad was suspected of killing Ahmad
MARCH 20, 2017 – Hell’s Angel bikie Kemel Barakat is shot dead at home in Mortdale
MARCH 28, 2017 – Emed Sleiman is shot dead in his car park in Auburn. He was suspected of killing Barakat
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
JUNE 17, 2021 – Bilal Hamze is shot dead outside Mr Wong’s restaurant in Sydney’s CBD
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alameddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
Police are seen here at the scene of the double murder of Salim and Toufik Hamze in Guildford on Wednesday