Some Israeli officials say the number of hostages who would qualify for the first release is 30 to 35, but that is an estimate and the negotiators do not know the actual number. It is unclear if female soldiers would be included in hostages released in the tranche being discussed. That could be worked out in negotiations of details, if the talks reach that stage.
Hamas and other men from Gaza took about 240 people hostage in the terrorist attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7, which also resulted in about 1,200 deaths, Israeli officials said. The retaliatory Israeli military campaign, with robust weapons support from the United States, has killed about 25,000 people in Gaza, according to health ministry officials there.
Since the November swap, talks over a hostage release had stalled. Hamas has tried to steer any diplomacy toward discussion of a permanent cease-fire, but Israeli leaders have balked at that. A meeting in Paris was intended to get negotiations going again.
The terms of the broad framework were sketched out on Sunday in Paris by representatives of the United States, Israel, Qatar and Egypt. William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was there, as were the heads of Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad, and internal security agency, Shin Bet.
One official said Mr. Burns was very helpful in getting the Israeli representatives to agree to some of the suggestions.