Howdy Michael; Hamas' "Executive Force" is a gendarmerie (similar to the Guarda Civil in Spain, the Carabiniere in Italy, and the Israeli Border Police) and as such is a military police force and not a civil police force. Gendarmeries are equipped with military hardware and have a military structure. They can serve (and have so served) as light infantry in armed conflicts.
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Attempted stabbing reported near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs; assailant shot at scene (Haaretz)
from the article: Rights group: Most Gazans killed in war were civilians