Saudi Woman Fleeing Family Under UN Care in Thailand

In this photo released by the Immigration Police, Chief of Immigration Police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, right, walks with Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun before leaving the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 7, 2019.

(VOA News ) – Thai authorities say a young Saudi woman who was stopped in Thailand as she tried to flee to Australia to seek asylum has left the Bangkok airport and is under the care of the U.N. refugee agency.

“She is under the care of the UNHCR now but we also sent Thai security to help take care (of her),” the head of Thailand’s Immigration Police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn told reporters about the case of the woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. He has said she will not be forcibly sent back to Saudi Arabia.

The 18-year-old fled from Kuwait during a family vacation and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport Saturday night.

She had barricaded herself inside her airport hotel room and on Monday made several Twitter posts demanding she be allowed to meet with someone from the U.N.

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