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.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood failed the most basic test - feeding the people

Ruth Pollard One woman's struggle is, in essence, Egypt's struggle, one the deposed government failed to grasp.

Uncertain future awaits a people set free

People celebrate at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli October 20, 2011. Muammar Gaddafi was killed by Libyans, succumbing to wounds, some seemingly inflicted after his capture by fighters who overran his last redoubt on Thursday in his hometown of Sirte.

Ruth Pollard It is a country awash with weapons and beset by tribal rivalries, stunted by four decades of repression by a dictator who crushed any semblance of a civil society.

A people frozen in time emerge from Arab spring to reclaim life

pic of  Lujian Jamal Ben Hemida (daughter), Najat Milad Al Tahhouni (mother) and Jamal Ben Hemida (Father). smh foreign. 2nd september 2011. story and photo by Ruth Pollard.

Ruth Pollard IT IS as if someone turned out the lights on February 17. The grass has grown long under outdoor cafe chairs, overturned and abandoned to the weather.

Syria sends warships to attack its own people

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Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Syrian warships shell two densely populated areas in the coastal city of Latakia, killing at least 21 people, according to activists.

Caged dictator faces the people

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Ruth Pollard Cairo FOR many Egyptians, the image of the man who brutally ruled their country for three decades being held in a steel cage and on trial for ordering the mass murder of protesters is a giant leap towards...

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

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...

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

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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.

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.

Gaza team defuses live bombs and shells without protective suits

Hazem Abu Murad (in white shirt) stands with members of his munitions disposal team on Thursday.

Ruth Pollard Hazem Abu Murad and his team have none of the equipment you would expect from a specialist unit of munitions disposal experts with one of the most dangerous jobs in Gaza.

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.

Boy believed orphaned in Gaza attack reunited with his mother

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City A boy whose family were believed to have all been killed in an Israeli air strike that left him blind has been reunited with his mother.

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.

Ceasefire brings Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to a pause for Cairo talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry anounces the ceasefire at a late-night press conference in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Ruth Pollard After 25 days of bloodshed in which more than 1442 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have died, a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire came into force on Friday morning following a night of intensive bombardment...

Gaza ceasefire collapses within hours

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Gaza medical officials say 195 Palestinians, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, have been killed. The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ruth Pollard The brittle ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapsed just four hours after it began, forcing Palestinians who had returned to their devastated homes to flee again as the sound of tank fire...

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.

Israeli troops being redeployed, not withdrawn from Gaza: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Israeli tanks appeared to be pulling back from a number of border towns around Gaza, as its military continued an intensive bombardment of the southern city of Rafah after one of its soldiers went...

Israel condemned after third deadly strike on UN school in Gaza

Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike at a UN school in Rafah on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard Facing international condemnation over its third deadly missile strike on a United Nations school in Gaza that killed 10 people and wounded 35, Israel has announced a seven-hour “humanitarian...

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...