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A Saudi teen, who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok’s main airport, is flying to Canada after being granted asylum status there, BBC News reported.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.

She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention.

She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

The UN’s refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.

“Canada has been unequivocal that we will always stand up for human rights and women’s rights around the world,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters. “When the UN made a request of us that we grant Ms. al-Qunun asylum, we accepted.”

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