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.

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

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...

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.

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

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.

Greste and colleagues to make first court appearance

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s international reputation, three al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, are due to make their first appearance in...

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.

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...