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.

On the ground with Kurdish forces

Ruth Pollard On the vast frontline in the battle with Islamic State forces, Kurdish soldiers with 40-year-old weapons await military supplies from the West.

Arab League vows to confront Islamic State as US steps up air campaign

A member of the United Arab Emirates delegation records proceedings of the  the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard The Arab League has endorsed international action against the radical Islamic State and vowed to take all necessary measures to confront the “corrupt, immoral” militants who now control...

Children's deaths in Gaza spark fresh accusations between Hamas and Israel

A Palestinian woman chants slogans as mourners carry the body of a 7-year-old killed in the explosion.

Ruth Pollard A thin river of blood mixed with water ran down Shamali Street in Gaza’s al-Shati Camp as ambulance sirens wailed above the cries of shocked families who had minutes earlier raced from their...

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...

Palestinian toll tops 1000 as Israel ceasefire called to recover Gaza dead

Families returned to Gaza City on Saturday to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce.

Ruth Pollard Amid scenes of utter devastation rescue workers in Gaza dug through collapsed concrete to recover bodies buried in homes reduced to rubble by Israeli air strikes, while the toll of Palestinians...

Netanyahu prepares for protracted Gaza campaign after 10 Israeli soldiers killed

Palestinians flee their house from what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes on Tuesday.

Ruth Pollard Citizens of Gaza endured a relentless night of bombardment as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunships launched 150 strikes across the coastal strip, razing homes and hitting targets such as the...

Israel rejects Kerry ceasefire plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected John Kerry's proposed seven-day ceasefire but will pause military operations against Hamas for 12 hours.

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem Israel’s cabinet has unanimously rejected a proposal for a week-long "humanitarian pause" in its 18-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at least 820 Palestinian lives, the...

'Humanitarian' ceasefire agreed in Gaza

 Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Friday.

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem A 12-hour ceasefire is under way in Gaza, following failed efforts to negotiate a week-long "humanitarian pause" in Israel’s 19-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at...

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.

Civilians flee as militants bring Iraq closer to break-up

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

Civilians flee as Islamist advance brings Iraq closer to break-up

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

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...

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...

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...

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

An armed pro-Russian self-defence militiaman at the border crossing with western Ukraine.

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...

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...