Saudi woman fleeing her family won’t be forcibly deported from Thailand, officials say

HONG KONG – A young Saudi woman detained in a Thailand airport after fleeing her family in fear for her life will not be forcibly deported, Thailand immigration authorities said, citing concerns for her safety.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, was on holiday with her family in Kuwait when she fled to Bangkok, hoping to make it onward to Australia to seek asylum. Thai authorities have detained her at an airport hotel in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, and had initially planned to send her back...


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