A group of LGBT Syrian refugees have claimed they were thrown out of a fashion store in Amsterdam city centre after being subjected to a homophobic assault by another customer.

One of the group of five, Tarek Almolki, told Het Parool that security staff at Zara failed to intervene when a man, described as in his mid-twenties and of Turkish or Moroccan origin, overhead them speaking intimately in Arabic and started verbally abusing them.

'We were bad Muslims and deserved to die because we were gay and transgender. He shouted 'Allahu akbar!' repeatedly across the store.'

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