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.

Islamic State gains spark exodus and hopes for Turkish action near border

Ruth Pollard Surrounding the small border town on three sides, Islamic State militants were shelling Kobane from positions as close as just two-to-three kilometres away, a local Kurdish commander said.

Iraqi woman tells of gang rape ordeal at hands of ISIL

Basra

Ruth Pollard Zeitoun enters the classroom that is now home to more than a dozen people and sits beside me. "For one month and eight days I was in the hands of ISIL," she says.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

On the ground with Kurdish forces

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

Ruth Pollard On the vast frontline in the battle with Islamic State forces, Kurdish soldiers with 40-year-old weapons await military supplies from the West.

Arab League vows to confront Islamic State as US steps up air campaign

A member of the United Arab Emirates delegation records proceedings of the  the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard The Arab League has endorsed international action against the radical Islamic State and vowed to take all necessary measures to confront the “corrupt, immoral” militants who now control...

Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it'

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq's north.

Ruth Pollard There are now only an estimated 600,000 Yazidis left in Iraq. Islamic State's brutal assault has left some of them questioning whether it is time to leave the country for good.

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.

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...

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

Gaza death

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.

US launched unsuccessful mission to free murdered journalist James Foley

American photo journalist James Foley in 2011.

Ruth Pollard In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million dollar...

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...

Claims Israeli soldiers shot fleeing civilians

The remains of a mosque in Khuza'a, Gaza.

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.

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...

Air strikes on Gaza resume as ceasefires collapse amid continuing rocket fire

Smoke rises from Gaza after Israeli shelling on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard Two temporary ceasefires collapsed in Gaza as militants continued to fire rockets into Israel and the Israeli military resumed its air, naval and ground strikes.

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...