Hamas in Gaza
Hamas in GazaAbed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The Hamas terrorist organization on Saturday marked eight years since what it views as "the victory over Israel” during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, during which the head of Hamas' military wing, Ahmad Jabari, was eliminated.

A statement issued by the organization said that "in this war, the city of Tel Aviv was attacked for the first time by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip."

"The Palestinian resistance organizations which shelled Tel Aviv in 2012 have since gained military strength and are more prepared than ever to continue the path of liberation and they will never slightly withdraw from the target of liberation and removal of the occupier from all our land," the Hamas statement said.

The organization stated that it intends to continue the fighting and will be ready for any step that will lead to the "removal of Israel from our lands."

"We are on the road to victory and liberation and return are very close," Hamas stated.