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Sydney’s gang war: City’s toughest gangster’s flee from the city as a gang war erupts

Some of Sydney’s toughest mobsters are fleeing the city as a gang war intensifies and police continue to crack down on the violence.

The brutal shooting of Omar Zahed, 39, and his brother Tarek, 41, at an Auburn gym in May has led many underworld figures to flee the city.

The brothers were shot in a hail of at least 20 bullets, with Omar dying at the scene while his older brother was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Members of the NSW Gang Crime Raptor Squad units continue to crack down on gang violence with new powers targeting convicted drug dealers.

The brutal shooting of Omar Zahed, 39, (left) and his brother Tarek, 41, (right) at an Auburn gym in May has led many underworld figures to flee Sydney.

The brutal shooting of Omar Zahed, 39, (left) and his brother Tarek, 41, (right) at an Auburn gym in May has led many underworld figures to flee Sydney.

Members of NSW Gang Crime Raptor Squad units continue to crack down on gang violence with new powers targeting convicted drug dealers (photo, officers at the Auburn gym where brothers Omar and Tarek Zahed were shot in May)

Members of NSW Gang Crime Raptor Squad units continue to crack down on gang violence with new powers targeting convicted drug dealers (photo, officers at the Auburn gym where brothers Omar and Tarek Zahed were shot in May)

“It’s getting out of hand,” a senior underworld figure told me The Daily Telegraph

‘The people who are affected are big players. It seems that some old scores are being settled under the cover of the current war. Everyone says, “Who’s next?”

The source said officers, mostly members of the Raptor Squad, continue to harass members of crime groups and harass people “all the time.”

He said people were getting more and more nervous as more underworld figures are thrown behind bars, while others worried about who “might talk.”

In May, it was announced that new laws would give NSW police the powers to search convicted drug dealers on the street, break into their doors and search their homes, businesses and vehicles.

The new legislation – two years in the making – will be trialled in four areas in NSW, including Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west, as the gang war escalates.

The strict laws allow police to issue a drug supply ban against anyone convicted of a “serious drug offense” in the past decade.

Members of NSW Gang Crime Raptor Squad units continue to crack down on gang violence with new powers targeting convicted drug dealers (photo, agents at Bodyfit gym)

Members of NSW Gang Crime Raptor Squad units continue to crack down on gang violence with new powers targeting convicted drug dealers (photo, agents at Bodyfit gym)

Nazlioglu was once charged with murdering former Comanchero bikie boss Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi (pictured), who was shot in front of a gym in 2018

Nazlioglu was once charged with murdering former Comanchero bikie boss Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi (pictured), who was shot in front of a gym in 2018

Any person under a firearms ban can also have their vehicle or home searched at any time.

Earlier this month, Strike Force Hawk officers launched a week-long operation across the city, leading to 15 arrests and the seizure of drugs, stolen cars and cash.

Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith said it was an extensive search for underground figures as 52 searches were made with a firearms ban.

“Last week we focused on the who’s who of crime in South West Sydney: Rebels, Finks and Lone Wolves (bikie gangs) – it would be hard to find someone in that world who didn’t get a house call,” he said. .

On Monday night, ex-Lone Wolf bikie Yusuf Nazlioglu was shot with a radius of at least ten bullets after an unidentified killer opened fire in the parking complex below his apartment in Rhodes, in the west of the city.

Emergency services pulled Nazlioglu from the Rhodes building on Monday after he was shot up to 10 times in the head and chest

Emergency services pulled Nazlioglu from the Rhodes building on Monday after he was shot up to 10 times in the head and chest

Bodies have piled up in the port city in the past 18 months with at least a dozen contract killings linked to the bitter feud between crime clans Hamzy and Alameddine

Bodies have piled up in the port city in the past 18 months with at least a dozen contract killings linked to the bitter feud between crime clans Hamzy and Alameddine

Police later confirmed that the 40-year-old died in hospital at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Nazlioglu was once charged with murdering Mick Hawi, the former president of the Comancheros bikie gang, but was acquitted two years ago by a jury of the NSW Supreme Court.

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that any relatives of Hawi were involved in Nazlioglu’s death.

Nazlioglu’s death marked the end of a six-week run without a fatal shooting in Sydney as the city grapples with a bloody underworld war that has seen at least 14 men shot in the past two years.

On Tuesday, police said a 49-year-old man had been charged with his alleged role in the murder of underworld criminal boss Mahmoud 'Brownie' Ahmad (pictured)

On Tuesday, police said a 49-year-old man had been charged with his alleged role in the murder of underworld criminal boss Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad (pictured)

Detectives say the murder does not appear to be related to the feud between the Alameddine or Hamzy networks at this stage of the investigation.

On Tuesday, police said a 49-year-old man had been charged with his alleged role in the murder of underworld criminal Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad.

Ahmad, also known as Sydney’s ‘Mr Big’, was shot dead on April 27 on a suburban street in Greenacre, in the city’s southwest.

Police from the Raptor Squad patrolling the area performed CPR with a vision of the harrowing scene where “Mr. Big” was fighting for his life, but they were unable to resuscitate him.

HOW THE UNDERWORLD WAS BROUGHT OUT IN SYDNEY

AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero cyclist was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania home.

OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an employee 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 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 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 Auburn home

MARCH 12, 2021 – A house linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot

6 AUGUST 2021 – Alameddine low-level employee Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford

AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gang attack on Ibrahem Hamze when they see stolen Mercedes in Northern Sydney

OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are shot in front of their house in Guildford

NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford, the home of an Alameddine employee. No one is hurt

JANUARY 6, 2022 – Bassam Hamzy’s brother, Ghassan Amoun, is shot and killed at age 35 in a brutal daylight execution while sitting in a BMW outside a block of flats in western Sydney.

APRIL 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a $1 million bounty on his head for his role in deadly shootings in Greenacre.

MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with ties to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at while training at an Auburn gym. Omar died on sight, while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times, including in the face.

MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso before four hours of Saturday in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street in Belmore. He is the cousin of Brownie Ahmad

MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try to tackle growing problem of gang violence, with Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies working with state police to stop the bloodshed.

JUNE 28: Former Lone Wolf bikie Yusuf Nazlioglu dies in hospital a day after being hit by 10 bullets in an underground car park in Rhodes

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