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Posted at: Jan 13, 2019, 7:16 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2019, 7:16 AM (IST)

Saudi teen arrives in Toronto after Canada asylum

TORONTO, January 12

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed global attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse.

Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia.

Instead, she took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto.  It wasn’t clear what prompted Alqunon to choose Canada over Australia. Australian media reported that UNHCR had withdrawn its referral because Canberra was taking too long to decide. — Agencies

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