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.

Claims Israeli soldiers shot fleeing civilians

Ruth Pollard Some men held a child in each arm, those who could raised their hands in the air in surrender. Others had white flags, while four of the strongest carried elderly relatives on their shoulders.

Assad gains ground across Syria

This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Al-Manar Television via AP video)

Ruth Pollard Beirut: As the Syrian regime tightens its grip the besieged town of Qusayr, trapping up to 1500 wounded inside, it has been quietly making gains elsewhere in the country, winning back key roads and...

Heartbreak and revenge fuel Syria's revolution

Syrian opposition fighter Ali Ahmed in his hospital bed in Lebanon. His right leg was shattered during the battle for Qusayr.

Ruth Pollard It was only after Ali Ahmed watched his father and uncle die that he became a killer.

Terrorism spreads its wings

A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi September 21, 2013.

Ruth Pollard A soft target frequented by Westerners, a weak, volatile country and a terrorist group emerging from a deadly split: it is a lethal combination that experts say is the new normal for jihadi groups...

Thin, pale but unhurt, a soldier finally returns home

Gilad Shalit

Ruth Pollard at Tel Nof Air Base LOOKING thin and pale but otherwise healthy, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit walked to freedom yesterday at the border between Gaza and Egypt.

Israel welcomes back its lost soldier amid joy and anger

Pale, thin, but smiling, Gilad Shalit addresses the media.

Ruth Pollard, Tel Nof Air Base A young man captured by militants while protecting a country he loves, and two ordinary, devoted parents who never gave up fighting for his release - for five long years, the Gilad Shalit story has...

Court challenge as prisoners readied for Shalit swap

Israeli Prison Service bus.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: As convoys of prison trucks transported 477 Palestinian inmates from jails across Israel to two prisons in preparation for their release today, the country's High Court began hearing a...

Court challenge late snag to prisoner swap

Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Ruth Pollard Israel's High Court begins a challenge to the deal that will free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Anger in Israel over price paid for Shalit's freedom

Few can retain their sanity after a long period in isolation.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: There is pain on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide today, as the names of the 477 prisoners set to be released in the first stage of the deal for Gilad Shalit's freedom were...

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.

Revealed: dictator's chamber of horror

Burned body

Ruth Pollard TRIPOLI: As Libya's capital struggles with critical shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel, evidence of another mass killing has emerged, with the discovery of the charred remains of up to 50...

Hope dries up in smashed Syrian city

Ruth Pollard Baba Amr is empty of everything but its terrified population. There is no food, water, medicine or electricity.

Syrian colonel defects in MiG fighter jet as world explores a way out for Assad


Ruth Pollard in Amman A Syrian air force colonel has become the country's first senior military officer to defect in his aircraft, seeking asylum in Jordan after making an emergency landing in his MiG-21 fighter jet.

Hopes fade for crisis talks as Syrian conflict worsens

Syria conflict worsens.

Ruth Pollard In the face of a dramatically deteriorating conflict in Syria, major powers are set to meet in Geneva today to discuss a UN plan for an interim transitional government.

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...