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.

Russian occupation opens old wounds for Ukraine's Crimean Tatars

Ruth Pollard The Tatar men of Bakhchysarai have drawn up a roster and each night they take turns to patrol their neighbourhoods once the sun sets on the windswept plains of central Crimea.

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

An armed pro-Russian self-defence militiaman at the border crossing with western Ukraine.

Ruth Pollard Crimea is effectively isolated from the rest of Ukraine, with heavily armed, masked Russian soldiers stationed at key points throughout the region, its highways busy with military activity and its...

Crimea vote begins in Ukraine as 'self-defence' forces look on

Riot police

Ruth Pollard Voters began queuing early to cast their ballot in the referendum as Crimean police maintained a heavy security presence on the streets of the capital, Simferopol.

Russian forces attempt 'invasion' of village on eve of Crimea vote

A Russian soldier near Simferopol, Crimea.

Ruth Pollard Simferopol: Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles attempted to take control of a village inside western Ukraine on Saturday in a serious military escalation on the...

The 'lost' boy: photo of four-year-old Marwan goes viral

Syrian refugee Marwan is helped by UN staff after becoming temporarily separated from his parents while fleeing Syria.

Ruth Pollard It is the picture that created a social media storm - the little boy who appeared to have crossed the desert alone.

Portrait of despair: Thousands queue for UN food parcels in Yarmouk, Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.

Ruth Pollard One glimpse of their faces tells the story of the year that they have suffered. Gaunt, exhausted, their strength of will almost spent, they stand amid the devastated buildings of Yarmouk refugee camp...

Syrian family of seven forced to rely on 13-year-old breadwinner

Syrian refugee Mohamed makes coffee in a Lebanese cafe to support his family of seven.

Ruth Pollard Mohamed is only 13, but for the past year he has been the sole breadwinner for a family of seven Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

Syrian refugees face new challenge - freezing weather

Syrian refugees in the snow in Istanbul. The refugees in Turkey, faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

Ruth Pollard The women stood protectively around the tiny bundle perched on a plastic chair outside one of Turkey’s largest refugee camps as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped below freezing before...

Young rapper puts gender politics under spotlight in Egypt

Voice of the youth: Egyptian rapper Myam Mahmoud.

Ruth Pollard Her rap cuts to the heart of most young women’s experience in Egypt, tackling head on the country’s epidemic of sexual harassment, the relentless criticism of how girls dress and the false...

Mass graves fuel fears of ethnic bloodshed in South Sudan

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard Nairobi, Kenya: Amid the eruption of violence along ethnic lines in South Sudan, UN investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city, the United Nations said on Tuesday as a possible...

UN boosts peacekeepers for South Sudan after mass graves found

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard The UN Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in a bid to protect civilians from violence as the discovery of a mass grave fuelled fears...

Muslim Brotherhood named 'terrorist' group

Egyptian policemen stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard Widening its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt's interim government designated the group a 'terrorist organisation', banning all its activities, protests and gatherings...

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

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.

Syrian government forces 'almost certainly' responsible for chemical attacks: Human Rights Watch report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ruth Pollard Syrian government forces were “almost certainly” responsible for the two chemical weapons attacks on opposition-controlled areas of Damascus last month, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has...

Syria UN report: unequivocal, objective evidence chemical weapons used

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard A United Nations chemical weapons team has found "clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface-rockets containing the nerve agent sarin" were used in last month's deadly attacks outside...

Syrian crisis leaves children at risk of starvation

Syria

Ruth Pollard It is choice no child should have to make - put themselves in the line of fire or slide further into hunger.

Assad's forces score victory in Syria fight

Fighting rages on Syria (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard As the United Nations human rights body voted to condemn Syria's use of foreign fighters in its deadly attacks on the border town of Quasyr, it appeared the regime's forces, backed by up to 2000...

Syrians in Egypt feel the chill of Mursi's ouster

Syrian in Egypt

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim government put on a “business as usual” show on Sunday, announcing that a panel of legal experts had begun working on the country's constitution, while diplomats...