Multiple incidents appear to point to a rising tempo of tensions. Foreign media reports indicate that the Hezbollah and pro-Iranian presence has grown.
It would be a major reversal for the Trump administration to make any kind of arrangement with Damascus.
The United States suspended operations at the US embassy in Damascus in February 2012.
Khaled Abdul Majid, the Syria-based leader of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, told Al-Monitor that 100,000 people are expected to return to their houses that suffered minimal damage.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world's largest publishers' trade fair, prohibits antisemitic materials, yet each year such books are found.
The Syrian leader also noted that negotiations are not currently taking place between Syria and Israel.
Sotloff was a Jewish journalist who went to Syria to cover the war.
Relations between Fatah and Syria improved after the Syrian authorities expelled Hamas leaders and closed down their offices in Damascus several years ago.