>> A Saudi teenager who barricaded herself into her hotel room at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family. Has now been allowed to enter Thailand after a meeting between Thai authorities and the United Nations refugee agency. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was pictured late Monday being escorted to what was described as a safe shelter in Bangkok.
Her case is drawing new global attention to Saudi Arabia's strict social rules.>> Known as Rahaf, and I'm still in the room. I have no choice, they said I have to go tomorrow, and no one can help me right now.>> The 18-year old had been repeatedly calling for the UN to help her on Twitter.
Thai immigration officials had originally tried to escort her onto the next flight back to Kuwait. But Rahaf said she feared her family would kill her if she returned there. The Saudi foreign ministry denied her allegations that its embassy had confiscated her passport. They said in a tweet that she was stopped at the airport for violating Thai immigration laws.
Rahaf told Reuters she fled Kuwait while her family was visiting the Gulf country. And had planned to travel from Thailand to Australia to seek asylum. She said she was detained after leaving her plane in Bangkok and told she will be sent back to Kuwait. Claiming her family were preventing her from living.
Not letting her drive or travel, and that she felt oppressed. Saudi culture and guardianship policy says women must have permission from a male relative to work, travel, marry and even get some medical treatment.>>
> Thai immigration described their initial actions as standard procedure because she didn't have a paid return ticket or a hotel reservation.