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.

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

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.

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...

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...

'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...

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.

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...

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

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.

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...

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.

Failing state

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 26:  Egyptians hold a protest against the recent demonstration law out front of Heliopolis Palace, the Presidential Palace in the Cairo's Heliopolis District, April 26, 2014. (Photo by Ahmed Ismail/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruth Pollard The revolution that overthrew the despised Mubarak regime promised a brighter future for Egyptians. Instead, the opposite has occurred, writes Ruth Pollard.

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 poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.

Tensions run high as Peter Greste bail denied

Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy behind bars in court in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues remain behind bars after an Egyptian judge again denied bail at their trial in Cairo.