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.

Analysis

Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.

Syrian peace talks announced - but doubts remain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first...

Syria revolution: Overthrowing Assad regime up to new grouping of militias

Ruth Pollard A new coalition of militias holds the last chance of revolution against the Assad regime.

Perfect storm lures Australians to war

Ruth Pollard It is only 1pm but the winter sky is already darkening in the border town of Kilis and the reception room of this small, nondescript hotel is bleak and cold.

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

Syrians in Egypt feel the chill of Mursi's ouster

Syrian in Egypt

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim government put on a “business as usual” show on Sunday, announcing that a panel of legal experts had begun working on the country's constitution, while diplomats...

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...

Heartbreak and revenge fuel Syria's revolution

Syrian opposition fighter Ali Ahmed in his hospital bed in Lebanon. His right leg was shattered during the battle for Qusayr.

Ruth Pollard It was only after Ali Ahmed watched his father and uncle die that he became a killer.

Syrian government forces 'almost certainly' responsible for chemical attacks: Human Rights Watch report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ruth Pollard Syrian government forces were “almost certainly” responsible for the two chemical weapons attacks on opposition-controlled areas of Damascus last month, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has...

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...

Israel, Syrian army exchange gunfire

An Israeli soldier works on top of a tank in a position in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

Ruth Pollard Tensions have risen along Syria’s now-volatile southern border with Israel after an exchange of artillery fire in the Golan Heights.

US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month.

Damascus attack sparks fear of escalation

Baida,

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets appear to have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus. If confirmed, it would be its second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Syrian war spilling over borders

A Syrian activist shouts anti-Hezbollah slogans during a protest against the participation of Hezbollah members in the fighting in the Syrian town of Qusair.

Ruth Pollard Tensions are rising along Syria's borders as government forces battle to regain control of a strategic border town from rebel fighters.

A war without boundaries

Children in a refugee camp for Syrians in the Lebanese town of Arsal.

Ruth Pollard Fresh posters of young Hezbollah martyrs mark the roads through the Shiite villages.

Traumatised Syrians find uneasy shelter in Lebanon

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SARA HUSSEIN 
Syrian refugees children queue with adult family members at the entrance of the UNHCR offices in the coastal city of Tripoli north of Lebanon on May 21, 2013. As the conflict in neighbouring Syria stretches into its third year, Lebanon has seen an ever-growing flood of refugees flock to its towns and villages. The flood of arrivals has had inevitable knock-on effects both on Lebanon's economy and the nerves of its citizens. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

Ruth Pollard In a tree-lined street in Qalamoun, a port town on the outskirts of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, 200 Syrians - refugees who have fled the shocking violence of the civil war being fought...

Assad gains ground across Syria

This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Al-Manar Television via AP video)

Ruth Pollard Beirut: As the Syrian regime tightens its grip the besieged town of Qusayr, trapping up to 1500 wounded inside, it has been quietly making gains elsewhere in the country, winning back key roads and...

Bomb attack claims fourth Assad aide as rebels gain ground

Syrians flee.

Ruth Pollard Thousands flee Syria as news confirmed that the head of the country's security was a victim of Wednesday's bombing attack by rebels.

Syria strife splinters family life in Golan

Ruth Pollard, Majdal Shams, Golan Heights The old apple farmer sits upright on his lounge, photographs of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad proudly displayed on the wall behind him.