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.
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.
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.
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...
Ruth Pollard Instability has plagued the nation since the revolution that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule
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...
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...
Ruth Pollard Concern mounts about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations about injured activists and staff being tortured in hospitals.
Ruth Pollard Libya's National Transitional Council has announced elections and the formation of an interim government.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem ''My dignity is more precious than food,'' said Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan as he started the 53rd day of his hunger strike.
Ruth Pollard ''MY DIGNITY is more precious than food,'' said a Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, as he started the 53rd day of his hunger strike. That was 11 days ago; he is now perilously close to death.
Ruth Pollard Hana al-Shalabi's muscles are wasting and she is now on her 41st day without food.
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: With her muscles wasting and her heart under increasing strain, 30-year-old Hana al-Shalabi is on her 41st day without food, and doctors say her condition is worsening by the day.
Ruth Pollard As Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formally accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire proposal, his troops continued to open fire on people across the country.