Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid

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Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum

A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel is now flying to Canada where she is seeking asylum, Thai officials say.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room.

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.

Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.

She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention.

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