No, Hamas did not need to respond to the IDF attacks which killed 13 people. However, that was when the ceasefire was broken so why should they not respond? The attack on the Gazan police ceremony in December was planned in June, as the IDF has admitted. They knew the date, so they had to have an excuse before then.
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Hamas operative, 24, accused of attempting to attack soldiers on Gaza border (Haaretz)
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