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Saudi teenager goes into hiding following Thailand’s promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in hotel room to avoid being sent back to family ‘who will KILL her’

A Saudi teenager has gone into hiding following Thailand’s promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in a hotel room to avoid being sent back to her ‘abusive’ family.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait three days ago and had flown to Thailand in the hope of reaching Australia to seek asylum.

But she has been at Bangkok airport since Saturday when she was barred from entry by Thai immigration officials who deny her claims that she was detained at the behest of the Saudi government.

The teenager was due to have been marched onto a flight back to Kuwait this morning. But fearing her family will kill her, she refused to board the plane, instead posting a clip on Twitter of her barricading her hotel door with a table, mattresses and a chair.

The UN refugee agency, given access to speak to her today, says she has left the airport under the care of Thai authorities, who have said she will not be deported against her wishes. She is to be housed in a ‘secure location’ having been temporarily admitted to the country for an evaluation.

Earlier today, Rahaf, who fears retaliation from her family after she renounced Islam, told MailOnline: ‘I am okay but I am not sure what my family or the Saudi embassy are going to do. I have to go to another country soon.’    Read more

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Saudi teenager goes into hiding following Thailand’s promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in hotel room to avoid being sent back to family ‘who will KILL her’

A Saudi teenager has gone into hiding following Thailand’s promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in a hotel room to avoid being sent back to her ‘abusive’ family.