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.

'Australian's suicide in solitary': Netanyahu under pressure

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to answer questions over allegations that an Australian citizen committed suicide while being held in solitary confinement in the country's...

Strange fate of Benji, the suspected spy

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard WHEN Ben Zygier died in a maximum-security prison in Israel he was under investigation by the spy agency ASIO, which suspected him of using his Australian passport to spy for Israel, Fairfax Media...

Zygier findings set for release

Ben Zygier.

Ruth Pollard and Philip Dorling A preliminary inquiry conducted by the Israel Prisons Service found that dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier committed suicide in solitary confinement by hanging himself with a bed sheet tied...

Israel denies 'Prisoner X' Zygier was in contact with ASIO

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Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Seeking to put an end to speculation that the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was arrested for also passing information to ASIO, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Ben...

Family of suspected spy fought to keep inquiry into his death open

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israeli government representatives tried to shut down the investigation into the death in custody of Ben Zygier, the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad, arguing there was no...

Prison guards 'asleep' when Zygier hanged himself - report

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was left hanging in the bathroom of his cell for more than an hour by prison guards who had ''fallen asleep on the job'' and failed to keep...

Palestinian's death prompts call for fresh probe

Palestinian relatives and friends mourn over the death of Arafat Jaradat.

Ruth Pollard The Palestinian man who died in custody in an Israeli jail on Saturday showed obvious signs of torture, a senior Palestinian government minister said, calling for an independent, international...

Bomb attack claims fourth Assad aide as rebels gain ground

Syrians flee.

Ruth Pollard Thousands flee Syria as news confirmed that the head of the country's security was a victim of Wednesday's bombing attack by rebels.

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The United States has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran as the international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program intensifies and the fallout from the...

Israel prime suspect in killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Ruth Pollard ACCUSATIONS and rumours continue to swirl around the targeted assassination of the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist in two years against the backdrop of the West ramping up economic sanctions in a...

Israel tests missile as warning to Iranians

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard AS ISRAEL'S Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reportedly continues to press senior ministers to support an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, the government and the Israeli people remain deeply...

Israelis split over military strike on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly pressing ministers to support an attack on Iran.

Fears an excluded Israel may strike Iran's nuclear sites

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta answers questions during a press conference in Cairo on October 4, 2011 on his official visit aiming to defuse tensions between Egypt and Israel that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule. AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: There are growing fears Israel's increasing isolation in the region has led it to consider a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, prompting a flurry of diplomatic activity...

Israel warned over lone strike against Iran

Young Israelis hold the national flag in support of Jewish settlements in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Ruth Pollard Israel's increasing isolation may lead it to a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Accusations fly as Israel and Iran blame each other for attacks

New Delhi, India.

Ruth Pollard BEIRUT: Tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated sharply as the fallout from Monday's co-ordinated attacks on Israeli embassies in India and Georgia deepened.

Israel accuses Tehran over embassy attacks

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Ruth Pollard Tensions between Israel and Iran escalate sharply as the fallout from attacks deepen.

Israel marks death of 'giant' Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir.

Ruth Pollard Israel's second-longest serving prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir, has died aged 96.