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.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

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...

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

A Palestinian child, wounded in the Israeli strike on a UN school in Gaza.

Ruth Pollard It is the radio advertisement Israeli authorities do not want their citizens to hear. In a quiet voice, a woman reads the names and ages of just a few of the more than 190 Palestinian children killed...

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...

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...

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...

UN calls for Gaza ceasefire, Israel denies responsibility for school deaths

A Palestinian woman prays over the grave of a relative at Sheikh Radwan cemetery, northwest of Gaza City on Monday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Ruth Pollard Echoing calls from US President Barack Obama, the United Nations Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

A Palestinian boy carries his belongings as he walks past the rubble of his family's house in Gaza City, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday.

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Palestinian unity push angers Israel

Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, right, listens to senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, left, after the announcement the agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups.

Ruth Pollard Seven years after their violent split, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a reconciliation agreement and say they will seek to form a unity government within weeks and hold...

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

Israel rejects Syrian 'spillover' as tensions escalate

Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem In a sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria as the two traded fire for a second day, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross border incursions as a...

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.

War fears as Israel kills Hamas commander

strike

Ruth Pollard Israel appears set on a course of open war on Gaza, with bombing continuing and ground forces on stand-by following its assassination of the leader of the Hamas military wing.

As Gaza shakes from HQ attack Israel threatens 'expansion'

Gaza

Ruth Pollard The early-morning call to prayer had just sounded, a melodic voice amid the darkness.

Hopes of truce fail as Israel and Hamas remain defiant

gaza

Ruth Pollard The boom of mortar fire and air strikes rocked both sides of the Israel-Gaza border well into the night, as air raid sirens sounded in Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv for the first time in 20 years.

Israel ready for escalation after strike kills Hamas commander

An Israeli woman is evacuated following a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip

Ruth Pollard ISRAELI ground forces are on standby to enter the Gaza Strip after the Israel Defence Forces said they had hit more than 100 ''targets'' in the besieged coastal territory, an offensive that began...

Israel's separation barrier chokes homes and businesses

Ruth Pollard, Bethlehem Surrounded on three sides by an eight-metre-high concrete wall topped with wire and security cameras, Claire Anasta's home above her family's business has become ''a tomb'' since Israel erected its...

Israel ready to respond to 'stray fire'

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard IN A sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria the two traded fire for a second day and, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross-border incursions as a ''spillover'' from its...

Israel says response to rockets can 'intensify'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country is "prepared to intensify" its response to rocket attacks from Gaza, after Israeli airstrikes killed seven Palestinians.