By Saturday though, the Syrian Internet was back up. "Seven of the 40 networks returned around 19:00 UTC (22:00 local time Friday night). The rest came back shortly after 04:00 UTC (07:00 local time Saturday morning). With connectivity restored, the Google Transparency Report confirms that traffic has resumed, at levels that look provisionally similar to those before the blackout."
Why? The Syrian government, which at first couldn't get its official story straight about whether the Internet had gone down because of an accident or by government fiat. It seems clear in the aftermath that Syria had decided to control the flow of information to its people.
Why in the world were they trying to cross this defended border? Israel's chief military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai suggested that "The Syrian government is trying to create a provocation. This border has been quiet for decades, but only now with all the unrest in Syrian towns is there an attempt to draw attention to the border." And, at the same time, Syria's Internet comes back up just in time to report on the "blatant aggression launched by Israel yesterday on unarmed civilians."
Coincidence? I think not.
Syria's seems to be crudely trying to manipulate it people by switching the Internet off and on to control the flow of news. In the meantime, more Syrians are being killed by the Syrian military as the dictatorship continues to try to hold unto power by brute force and attempting to direct the people's anger towards Israel.