Saturday night fever as Lionel Messi, Barcelona mobbed in Israel

In October 2012, Barcelona caused controversy when former Israeli soldier Gilad Shait, held for five years on the Gaza Strip, was invited to watch the Clasico between Barca and Real Madrid.

updated: August 04, 2013 12:37 IST
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Jerusalem: Lionel Messi and his fellow Barcelona stars were mobbed on their arrival in Israel on Saturday where the Spanish giants are staging two "training camps for peace".

Hundreds of fans, wearing Barcelona shirts, as well as a heavy police presence greeted the squad who will train with groups of Israeli and Palestinian children.

The players, who are also visiting Bethlehem, where they were met by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and the Wailing Wall, were working with Palestinian youngsters at Hebron on Saturday night.

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