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.

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

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.

'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...

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...

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...

ISIL Twitter terror: gruesome Iraq photos and candid selfies of jihadist group members

A man is executed in a new video released by ISIS

Ruth Pollard The ISIL terrorist group sweeping Iraq is tweeting photos the invasion and the gory fate of their victims.

Call to arms as Iraq sinks into sectarian violence

A masked Pershmerga fighter from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

Ruth Pollard in Erbil Iraq sank deeper into all-out sectarian conflict overnight with the country’s most senior Shiite cleric calling for volunteers to take up arms against Sunni militants who are threatening to...

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

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.

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.

Russian occupation opens old wounds for Ukraine's Crimean Tatars

Zulfere Memetova

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...

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...