Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

Ruth Pollard In one of the world's largest ever mass death sentences, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death and without hearing a single argument from defence lawyers.

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...

Greste and colleagues to make first court appearance

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s international reputation, three al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, are due to make their first appearance in...


Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.

Fresh battle as Egypt government targets activists

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. A court in the Mediterranean city sentenced 14 women who it said were from the Brotherhood after convicting them of belonging to a

Ruth Pollard A new battleground has opened up across Egypt as the government turns its attention from the Muslim Brotherhood to the activists who overthrew former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Adly Mansour, interim Egyptian president, makes first TV address, while Cairo braces for more protests

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour

Ruth Pollard As Egyptians steeled themselves for more mass protests, with tens of thousands expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers, the country's interim president declared there was no turning back...

Egyptians turn out en masse to support General al-Sisi's call for a mandate

Tahrir Square protest

Ruth Pollard Military helicopters flew low overhead and the heaving crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square lifted their hands into the air, waving Egyptian flags and large posters featuring General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

Militia attacks and abuses pushing Libya toward chaos

Libyan government forces arrive at Tripoli international airport to join in negotiations with the Al-Awfya brigade that overran the airport few hours earlier on June 4, 2012. The militia of Libyan ex-rebels seized control of the airport, surrounding planes with tanks and grounding all flights after their leader's apparent arrest, officials said. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Ruth Pollard Instability has plagued the nation since the revolution that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule

Guns darken dawn of a new Libya

A supporter of Libya's Justice and Construction Party.

Ruth Pollard, Tripoli For 42 years, the only face Libyans saw looming over their future was Muammar Gaddafi's. Now the faces of thousands of candidates - many of them women - line the crowded streets of Tripoli as Libya...

Bloody battle for Syria's commercial city

Syrian rebels break their fast with the

Ruth Pollard THE fierce battle for control of Syria's second city, Aleppo, is now fought street by street, as the Syrian Army rushes more troops and tanks to the area and fighter jets fly over the city, firing on...

Human rights groups condemn 'war crimes' by Syrian rebels

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stamp on their bodies.

Syrian massacre highlights disregard for human rights on both sides

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on November 1, 2012 shows rebel fighters gathering near alleged bodies of Syrian soldiers after they overran an army checkpoint in the northwestern Idlib province. Syria's northwestern Idlib province has become a key battleground in the country's conflict, especially after rebel forces seized the town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo road early last month. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE

Ruth Pollard THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stomp on them.

US recalls ambassador over safety fears in Syria

A Syrian Kurdish boy holds a sign reading

Ruth Pollard RELATIONS between Syria and the US have descended into tit-for-tat diplomacy as international concern mounted about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations emerged of injured...

Syria, US withdraw diplomats in tit-for-tat blows

Robert Ford.

Ruth Pollard Concern mounts about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations about injured activists and staff being tortured in hospitals.

Libyans promised poll by 2013

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Ruth Pollard Libya's National Transitional Council has announced elections and the formation of an interim government.

Gaddafi's end clears road to a new Libya


Ruth Pollard AS THE body of the ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi lies in cold storage in a Misrata vegetable market, a macabre attraction for the people whose lives he dominated for 42 years, the National...

Joy of liberation soured by racist attacks


Ruth Pollard BEHIND 2.5-metre-high iron gates, along a sandy path and up a set of concrete stairs, there is a glimpse into the humanitarian disaster that is unfolding in newly liberated Libya.

Joyful gunfire in feared compound

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard EVEN double-masked and double-gloved, it was a terrible job. Sixteen bloated bodies - covered in flies and contorted in death - lay sprawled across the grass and under the trees opposite one of the...

Riveted by Mubarak trial, Egypt faces uncertain future

Celebrations in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard, Cairo For a moment the euphoria returned, and the pride Egyptians felt when they toppled president Hosni Mubarak surged again as they watched the ageing dictator in court.

Egyptians fear for the future even as they embrace it

An opponent of Hosni Mubarak, who served longer than any ruler of modern Egypt until he was overthrown in a revolution in February, holds up a poster of Mubarak's head in a noose, as others watch his televised trial near a police military academy complex, in Cairo, Aug. 3, 2011. An ailing Mubarak was rolled into a courtroom in a hospital bed on Wednesday to face formal charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters. (Ed Ou/The New York Times) -

Ruth Pollard CAIRO: For a moment the euphoria returned and the pride Egyptians felt when they toppled Hosni Mubarak surged again as they watched the ageing dictator's appearance in court.