Staff at a hotel in central Italy have refused to let a tourism student do an internship with them, because she refused to take off her Islamic veil.

Seventeen-year-old Omaima Razzag, a student at a local tourism college, had planned to spend three weeks working at the hotel reception in the town of Cattolica, in the coastal province of Rimini, Tgcom24 reported on Monday. But the hotel staff said that in order to complete her internship, Razzag would have to take off her veil.

"They had decided that the work experience students must behave and dress in a certain way. They would only accept me if I took the veil off. I said I absolutely wouldn't," she told local journalist Brahim Maarad.

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