Thousands of fans surround a car carrying Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf
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Hero's welcome for Arab Idol winner

Thousands of screaming fans have gathered at the Rafah crossing to greet homecoming Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.

Thousands of screaming fans have gathered at the Rafah crossing, between Gaza and Egypt, to greet homecoming Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.

The 23-year-old Palestinian was a virtual unknown until a few weeks ago, but has now become a local hero after winning the talent show on Saturday.

Emily Thomas reports.