Police take unprecedented action to stem escalating Sydney gang war

More than 20 people have been banned from travelling to certain parts of Sydney amid fears of escalating tensions between two families.

NSW Police crime squad are targeting some members of the Hamzy and Alameddine families, in an effort to prevent an all-out gang war after a spate of shootings and a prison stabbing.

Strike Force Courier was established to investigate his murder.

Mejid Hamzy, 44, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in south west Sydney earlier this month. (Nine)
NSW Police conducting a search of a Sydney house.
NSW Police conducting a search of a Sydney house. (NSW Police)
Mr Hamzy is the older brother of crime gang Brothers 4 Life founder and convicted killer Bassam Hamzy, who is currently jailed in Goulburn’s supermax prison.

In recent weeks another Hamzy home was targeted, as was the home of Rafat Alameddine in Fairfield.

There was also a brawl on the street involving members of both groups.

There is no suggestion any members of the Alameddine family were involved in the killing of Mr Hamzy, or that any members of the Hamzy family were involved in the shooting of Rafat Alameddine’s home.

Today Strike Force Raptor detectives executed crime scene search warrants at the Simmat Avenue property, as well as a unit also at Condell Park and a home in Fairfield.

At the weekend NSW Police issued 22 people from both families with Public Safety Orders, which prevented them from travelling to specific suburbs.

Mohammed Hamzy is in prison for manslaughter after he fired 11 shots into a car, killing his friend and fellow gang member Yeyah Amoud at Greenacre in 2012. (Supplied)
CCTV from inside the jail allegedly shows Mouhammed Houri lunge at Mohammed Hamzy stabbing him.
CCTV from inside the jail allegedly shows Mouhammed Houri lunge at Mohammed Hamzy stabbing him. (Nine)

These were in place for 72 hours and have since expired. Officers are now taking the fight to the Supreme Court to issue Serious Crime Prevention orders.

These will limit mobile phone access and give police the powers to monitor bank accounts.

Crime squad boss Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said: “anyone involved in these shootings or other violent activity, should expect to be arrested.

“Attention from police will not stop, we are having people dying in the street, we are sick of it.

“We are going to use every weapon available to us in the legislation… to stop this behaviour,” he said.

Some members of the Hamzy family have a long and bloody history book.

Bassam Hamzy, the founder of Brothers 4 Life, was jailed for life in 2002 for a shooting murder at a Sydney nightclub in 1998, and was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness due to give evidence against him.
Bassam Hamzy, the founder of Brothers 4 Life, was jailed for life in 2002 for a shooting murder at a Sydney nightclub in 1998, and was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness due to give evidence against him. (NSW Police)

Before the latest shooting and prison stabbing last week, Brothers for Life Founder Bassam Hamzy was jailed for murder and is serving time at Goulburn’s Supermax jail.

His cousin Mohammed is in custody after being found guilty of the manslaughter of another gang member shot dead at Greenacre in 2012.

Mohammed was the intended target of a hit at Revesby in October 2013, but in a case of mistaken identity his cousin Mahmoud Hamzy was shot dead.

Aunt Maha Hamzy has escaped death also, after she was shot in the legs inside her Auburn home in 2013.

The same townhouse was a target of a drive-by shooting last Saturday night.

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