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.

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

Ruth Pollard Crimea is effectively isolated from the rest of Ukraine, with heavily armed, masked Russian soldiers stationed at key points throughout the region, its highways busy with military activity and its...

Folk musicians try to calm tense troops in Crimea

Standoff: Surrounded by unidentified Russian soldiers, Ukrainian marines talk behind a wall at their base in Perevalnoye.

Ruth Pollard Brightly dressed folk musicians in Prevalnoye, Crimea, say they want to ease tension between Ukrainian and Russian troops.

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...

Egypt bombing could end country's already fragile tourism industry

Deadly bus bombing in Taba.

Ruth Pollard errorism has returned to the wild and beautiful Sinai Peninsula, and the region that not long ago was one of Egypt’s most-visited destinations is facing a catastrophic collapse of its already...

Syrian refugees face new challenge - freezing weather

Syrian refugees in the snow in Istanbul. The refugees in Turkey, faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

Ruth Pollard The women stood protectively around the tiny bundle perched on a plastic chair outside one of Turkey’s largest refugee camps as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped below freezing before...

Mass graves fuel fears of ethnic bloodshed in South Sudan

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard Nairobi, Kenya: Amid the eruption of violence along ethnic lines in South Sudan, UN investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city, the United Nations said on Tuesday as a possible...

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.

Assad's forces score victory in Syria fight

Fighting rages on Syria (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard As the United Nations human rights body voted to condemn Syria's use of foreign fighters in its deadly attacks on the border town of Quasyr, it appeared the regime's forces, backed by up to 2000...

Scores dead as Egyptian security forces break up pro-Mursi protest camps

cairo

Ruth Pollard The streets of Cairo resembled a war zone as Egypt's security forces cleared the major pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests using tear gas, bulldozers and live fire.

Egypt protest crackdown: Army leaves hundreds of pro-Mursi protesters dead, thousands injured

Violence in the streets of Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Outside the streets were in chaos, the rapid crack of gunshots and the burning sting of tear gas filled the air as Egypt's security forces opened fire on pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in an...

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,

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 rebels get boost from Europe

Lebanon Ruth Pollard Middle-east Correspondent Beirut The campaign to arm Syria's opposition fighters has received two major boosts: the European Union will lift an embargo on the provision of arms to Syria's so-called 'moderate opposition', and the US...

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.

JUNE 2013

Where conflict knows no boundaries

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

Ruth Pollard Fresh posters of young Hezbollah martyrs mark the roads through the Shiite villages in the north of Lebanon's Beqaa Valley - the latest casualties in a war that knows no boundaries.

'We are a country': Palestinians celebrate

Palestinians wave their national flag

Ruth Pollard in Ramallah The street party was in full swing in the West Bank city of Ramallah well before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was due to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Ramallah rejoices in historic vote, although few expect change

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard RAMALLAH, West Bank: The street party was in full swing in Ramallah well before the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stood to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Israel's settlement plan sparks protest

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ruth Pollard Israel is facing international condemnation over its plans to significantly expand settlement construction in occupied territory in the West Bank, Fairfax's Ruth Pollard reports.

Israel faces rebuke over settlement plans

Abbas

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel is facing condemnation over its plans to expand settlements in occupied territory in the West Bank, with Britain and France reported to be considering recalling their ambassadors...

Peace plans, Obama put squeeze on Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel is entering the final phase of its election campaign with an increasingly rocky relationship with the US and under pressure from France and Britain, who are reportedly working...