Hamas No. 2 Plans to Move From Egypt to Gaza

Moussa Abu Marzouk admits reconciliation with Abbas' Fatah is bumpy, but says 'it's not a crisis.'

Hamas' Moussa Abu Marzouk and Mahmoud Al-Zahar.
Moussa Abu Marzouk hugs Hamas' Mahmoud Al-Zahar in Gaza City April 21, 2014. Reuters

The No. 2 in Hamas said Tuesday that he hopes to move from his base in Egypt to his native Gaza Strip following the formation of a Palestinian unity government last week.

Moussa Abu Marzouk also told The Associated Press that reconciliation efforts between his Islamic militant movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been bumpy.

The 63-year-old said that "there are problems, (but) it's not a crisis."

In recent days, a dispute erupted over salaries for more than 40,000 government employees hired during Hamas' seven-year rule of Gaza. Abbas hasn't said how they would be paid.

Abu Marzouk said  Qatar has promised to solve the problem.

Abu Marzouk came to Gaza from Egypt in April for reconciliation talks. He said: "I intend to stay."