JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A "proof-of-life" videotape of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit aired Friday in which he says he feels "well."
The video shows Shalit sitting in a chair, reading a newspaper dated September 14, 2009.
"For a long time I've been waiting for the day to be released," Shalit says.
"I feel well in health terms and I'm being treated very well."
Speaking of his family, he says, "I miss them very much, and I am longing for the day when I will see them again."
Israel released 19 Palestinian female prisoners Friday in exchange for the videotape, Israeli officials said. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it transported the Palestinians from Ofer detention camp outside Jerusalem.
Eighteen were released to the Beitunya crossing in the West Bank; the 19th to the Erez crossing in northern Gaza, according to an ICRC statement
identifying the drop-off points.
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