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.

Militants take control of Tal Afar, advance closer to Baghdad

Ruth Pollard Sunni militants have taken control of the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, raising fears in the predominately ethnic Turkmen town that the extremist group will target its residents, half of whom are...

Ukraine crisis: Crimeans vote to join Russia in referendum slammed as 'illegal' by US, EU

People wave Russian flags in Lenin Square in Simferopol to celebrate the preliminary results of the Crimean referendum.

Ruth Pollard Crowds of Crimeans roared their approval in Lenin Square in the capital Simferopol as exit polls indicated 93 per cent of those who turned out to vote in Sunday’s referendum were in favour of...

Egypt clashes resume on 'Friday of anger'

Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque

Ruth Pollard and agencies At least 12 people were killed across Egypt on Friday, the health ministry says,

Stench of death hangs over Cairo

Egypt

Ruth Pollard There are bodies as far as the eye can see, ice placed on them to slow decomposition.

Syrians stream into Lebanon fearing the worst to come as civil war rages

Syrian refugees

Ruth Pollard Cars full of people, packed with suitcases, blankets and mattresses streamed across the border from Syria into Lebanon, fearing the United States will conduct air strikes against the regime of Bashar...

Syrian toll rises as the battles rage

Ruth Pollard, Northern Syria The toll of dead and injured continues to mount as the Syrian army kept up its relentless assault on villages in the north, pounding them with rocket-fire as the battle for the country's second city...

Crisis deepens as mass protests hit West Bank

A Palestinian youth prepares to throw a burning tyre during a protest

Ruth Pollard BETHLEHEM: Cities across the West Bank are in the grip of mass protests as taxi drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other Palestinian workers joined a strike to protest against fuel price rises and...

Netanyahu calls early poll to halt 'turmoil'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard ISRAELIS are facing the prospect of early elections again following Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Ruth Pollard

Netanyahu calls early elections 'for the benefit of Israel'

Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement overnight that his government would go to the polls as early as...

Austerity budget forces early Israel election

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections after Benjamin Netanyahu's widely expected announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Defiant Abbas expected to win UN vote

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard RAMALLAH: Openly defying the US President, Barack Obama, and facing down Israeli threats to abandon the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will submit a bid to the United Nations...

Aleppo massacre: 68 bodies found near river

Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The bodies lie on the muddy concrete bordering a small canal in Aleppo, many with their hands tied behind their back, each with a bullet to the head, their blood spilling into the stagnant water...

Israeli PM thwarted by anti-Orthodox newcomers

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, frustrated by an unexpectedly strong alliance between Israel's two political newcomers, has been forced to seek an extension of time to build a coalition with which...

Rivals and foes give Hamas the cold shoulder

Khalid Mishal

Ruth Pollard Any push by Hamas to install its leader Khalid Mishal as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation will meet fierce resistance from Israel and will fail if on-again, off-again reconciliation...

Obama arrives in Israel, this time as president

US President Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday for the first time as US President, on a mission to ease past tensions with his hosts but facing scepticism about his plans to thwart Iran's nuclear threat.

Israel dresses up for Obama's visit but expectations are rock-bottom

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard The flowerbeds along King David Street in downtown Jerusalem are blooming and the road markings have been freshly painted as the city continues its meticulous sprucing in preparation for the visit of...

Obama and Netanyahu smooth over tensions

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Putting aside their much-analysed frosty relationship, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united, even jovial front at the conclusion of Mr Obama's...

Anti-settlement protesters struggle to make Obama hear

Palestinian protest village Afhad Younis

Ruth Pollard On a rocky hill overlooking the large Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, as sheep grazed along the grassy shoulders of the highway that leads into Jerusalem, a large Palestinian flag unfurled in...

Obama urges Israel to make peace with Palestine

obama

Ruth Pollard Appealing to Israel's younger generation, US President Barack Obama urged them to look at the world through Palestinian eyes and push their political leaders to take a risk and make peace with their...

Israel apologises to Turkey

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.