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.

As the dust settles in Gaza, devastated families mourn their dead

Ruth Pollard Initial estimates indicate up to 80 per cent of the victims of bombardment in Gaza have been civilians. Fairfax Media interviewed eight families who lost multiple members in single Israeli attacks.

Grief grips Gaza

Hamas accepts 24 hour Gaza truce (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The family procession from hospital to morgue is achingly frequent as Operation Protective Edge moves into its fourth week.

Health crisis looms over Gaza's death and destruction

Ghassan Abu-Sitta, who has volunteered to perform surgery in three conflicts in the Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard One sightless child sums up the agony of a whole population under siege.

Gaza peace talks make little progress

A Palestinian man inspects his house, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas have failed to make progress towards another ceasefire in the month-long war, with the key Palestinian demand – an end to the siege in Gaza...

Ceasefire brings Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to a pause for Cairo talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry anounces the ceasefire at a late-night press conference in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Ruth Pollard After 25 days of bloodshed in which more than 1442 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have died, a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire came into force on Friday morning following a night of intensive bombardment...

Gaza ceasefire collapses within hours

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Gaza medical officials say 195 Palestinians, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, have been killed. The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ruth Pollard The brittle ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapsed just four hours after it began, forcing Palestinians who had returned to their devastated homes to flee again as the sound of tank fire...

Israeli attack follows collapse of Gaza ceasefire and reported capture of Hadar Goldin

Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who was reportedly captured by Hamas militants on Friday.

Ruth Pollard Israel’s response to the possibility that militants in Gaza had captured one of its soldiers soon after a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire came into force was swift and deadly.

Gaza ceasefire gives pause to assess destruction

Palestinians search through rubble of a destroyed house in Rafah.

Ruth Pollard Amidst the vast moonscape of grey rubble, the bloated carcasses of dead animals and the occasional splash of colour from a child’s toy, Gazans returned to what was left of their homes as...

Children's deaths in Gaza spark fresh accusations between Hamas and Israel

A Palestinian woman chants slogans as mourners carry the body of a 7-year-old killed in the explosion.

Ruth Pollard A thin river of blood mixed with water ran down Shamali Street in Gaza’s al-Shati Camp as ambulance sirens wailed above the cries of shocked families who had minutes earlier raced from their...

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

A Palestinian child, wounded in the Israeli strike on a UN school in Gaza.

Ruth Pollard It is the radio advertisement Israeli authorities do not want their citizens to hear. In a quiet voice, a woman reads the names and ages of just a few of the more than 190 Palestinian children killed...

'Humanitarian' ceasefire agreed in Gaza

 Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Friday.

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem A 12-hour ceasefire is under way in Gaza, following failed efforts to negotiate a week-long "humanitarian pause" in Israel’s 19-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at...

UN calls for Gaza ceasefire, Israel denies responsibility for school deaths

A Palestinian woman prays over the grave of a relative at Sheikh Radwan cemetery, northwest of Gaza City on Monday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Ruth Pollard Echoing calls from US President Barack Obama, the United Nations Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza.

Netanyahu prepares for protracted Gaza campaign after 10 Israeli soldiers killed

Palestinians flee their house from what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes on Tuesday.

Ruth Pollard Citizens of Gaza endured a relentless night of bombardment as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunships launched 150 strikes across the coastal strip, razing homes and hitting targets such as the...

After a reported 17 warnings on shelter location, Israeli artillery hits Gaza school, killing 19

A boy wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabalia waits for treatment.

Ruth Pollard Four donkeys lay dead at the gate of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, the first indication of the bloody human toll inside.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

A Palestinian boy carries his belongings as he walks past the rubble of his family's house in Gaza City, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday.

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

No balm in sight for the broken land of Gaza

Relatives of a man reportedly killed by an Israeli air strike grieve at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Ruth Pollard The supply cupboard is almost bare at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, but there is death and chaos all around.

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Egypt criminalises sexual harassment

Young and old affected: Getting a woman to file the complaint is difficult because there is always huge pressure on her to keep silent, say researchers.

Ruth Pollard A recent UN study found it affects 99 per cent of Egyptian women.