The leader of one of the largest rebel groups in Aleppo has claimed 20 women committed suicide so they would not be raped.
Abdullah Othman also told the Daily Beast that people are being "cooked alive" by bombs and others are marched to internment camps, according to News Mic.
The founder of Syrian aid organisation One Solid, Ummah Abdullateef Khaled, posted a suicide note apparently written by one of the women on Facebook.
The woman said she did not want to give Syrian President Bashar al-Assad' troops the opportunity to "savour" raping her and suggested the awareness raised from her death may turn into a symbol of the Syrian conflict.
However, she said the only thing her note symbolises is hatred and neglect of women.
She ended the note with: "And when you read this, know that I have died pure despite everyone."
View the note below