the thing with the shooting of civilians, this all started with the Arab Spring. There have been a large number of defects from the military due to the fact that they have been told to shoot indiscriminately
so yeah. while watching a civil war unfold, keep in mind that both sides are fighting dirty. the government claims that armed rebels started the firefights during initial protests. rebels blame the government
a "cease fire" between israel and the palestinians at this point is basically just them saying ok we will stop shooting but both of us are going to have guns at each others head with out finger on the trigger"
Rachel Maddow just had something about this on her show. Apparently the US had already supplied the country with communication kits so they can circumvent if the government shut it off on them like this.