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Saudi teen barricades herself in Bangkok airport hotel

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)A Saudi teenager claiming to be fleeing her abusive family has barricaded herself in a hotel room in Bangkok's main airport after Thai immigration officials attempted to deport her back to the Middle East. The 18-year-old identified herself as Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun on an unverified Twitter account. She posted photographs of herself and her passport, and said she was seeking refugee status from "any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family." Al-Qunun said that on landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, she had her passport confiscated and had been "held" by Saudi embassy officials.Speaking to CNN, Al-Qunun said she had originally inten ...