By Gemma Jones/The Telegraph
* Internecine warfare: Middle Eastern mobÂ blocks path of ambulances, threatening revenge:Â a commonÂ occurrenceÂ wherever Muhammedans have been permitted to settle, in the Bilad al Kuffar…
Killed … Mohamad Omar.
THE police riot squad had to control crowds at Westmead Hospital following a fatal stabbing because mourners blocked the path of ambulances.
Dozens of friends and relatives of Mohamad Omar, 24, gathered at the hospital with some on mobile phones threatening revenge, an ambulance officer said yesterday.
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Ambulances and officers were forced to use an exit with a broken boom gate to enter and leave the emergency department for several hours from 2am on Sunday.
Ambulance officers said they were delayed attending a cardiac arrest, a person with severe asthma and call-outs to other ill patients.
“The rest of western Sydney suffered for it. There were so many of them, it was scary for us,” the ambulance officer toldÂ The Daily TelegraphÂ yesterday.
Paramedics were even asked to verify the identity of patients to ensure none of the mourners gained entry to the hospital where Mr Omar’s brother Mahmoud was being treated.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the superviser for Western Sydney did not believe treatment for patients was delayed.
She said paramedics were used to dealing with such challenges but they would always find a way to get access to patients or emergency departments regardless of crowds.
A police spokesman said the public order and riot squad along with police from Auburn and Parramatta were called to the hospital after the 1.30am stabbing at the Beirut By Night restaurant at Homebush.
He refused to reveal the number of officers deployed but witnesses said there were about 30.
Homicide police were yesterday hunting the attacker.
Mr Omar was dancing with his girlfriend Linda before she was punched in the face and he was stabbed with a large knife.
She told ambulance officers she was pregnant with Mr Omar’s baby.
He had seven brothers and sisters, including Mahmoud who is still recovering yesterday from a stab wound to the upper arm.