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Saudi teen asylum seeker fleeing alleged abuse by family arrives in Canada



The Saudi teen who fled alleged abuse arrived in Canada Saturday.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, What lakes seen at Toronto's airport following a dramatic week Kuwait and then head to Bangkok, Thailand.

She barricaded herself in a Thai airport hotel to avoid deportation. [Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPG&tP=T&tP=This case grabbed global attention after she was sent to a social media campaign.]

Thai officials to admit her under the protection of the U.N. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees granted refugee status on Wednesday.

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On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada would accept Alqunun as a refugee in a case that has highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia. Several Saudis girls and women fleeing abuse have been trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home.

 Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun (pictured in Bangkok) arrived in Canada on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun (pictured in Bangkok) arrived in Canada on Saturday , Jan. 12, 2019.
       (AP)

Alqunun earlier tweeted two pictures from her hashtag, "I did it" and a number of emojis.

Canada's decision to grant her asylum could further upset the country's relations with Saudi Arabia.

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In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador to the kingdom and retired it's own ambassador after Canada's foreign ministry tweeted support for women's activists who had been arrested. The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the teen had

"This is a very good new Canadian," Freeland said.

Fox News' Elizabeth Llorente and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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