CAIRO (NEWSnet/AP) — Stalled negotiations aimed at securing a cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war could restart by Sunday.

In recent days, both sides have made moves aimed to restart collaboration.

Hamas gave mediators a new proposal for a three-stage plan to end the fighting, according to two Egypt officials, one who is involved in the talks and a second who was briefed on them.

The first stage would be a six-week cease-fire that to include the release of 35 hostages — women, those who are ill and older people — being held by militants in Gaza, in exchange for 350 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Hamas also would release at least five female soldiers in exchange for 50 prisoners, including some serving long sentences on terror charges, for each soldier.

Israeli forces would withdraw from two main roads in Gaza, allow displaced Palestinians to return to north Gaza and allow free flow of aid to the area, the officials said.

In the second phase, the two sides would declare a permanent cease-fire and Hamas would free the remaining Israeli soldiers held hostage in exchange for more prisoners, the officials said.

In phase 3, Hamas would release bodies it is holding in exchange for Israel lifting the blockade of Gaza and allow reconstruction to start, the officials said.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the proposal “unrealistic," but agreed to send  negotiators to Qatar.

Those discussions are expected to resume Sunday afternoon or Monday, the Egyptian officials said.

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