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.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

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...

War fears as Israel kills Hamas commander


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'


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


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...

Gaza rockets bring Israel reprisal threat

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened 'more extensive and deeper action' against militants in the Gaza Strip after 79 rockets and mortar shells were fired into southern Israel on...

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


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...

Deputy PM quits before Israel poll

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermar.

Ruth Pollard Israel's Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, maintaining his innocence and vowing to clear his name, has resigned both posts just 38 days before national elections after it...

Labor's star rises in Israel after giving ground on Palestinian peace

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard ''THE left was dying,'' says Stav Shaffir matter-of-factly.

Israel's rising star a partner for Netanyahu's coalition

Ruth Pollard As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition, Israel's new political star rejected the idea of forming a centrist ''blocking majority'' to put the brakes on the right-wing Prime...

Israel criticised over Palestinian deaths

An Israeli border policeman fires a tear gas canister at stone-throwing Palestinian protesters (unseen) during clashes at a weekly protest against the nearby Jewish settlement of Kdumim, in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum, near Nablus.

Ruth Pollard Israel's army has been criticised for its use of live fire against Palestinians, as concern mounts among human rights organisations over the civilian death toll since the start of the year.

Israel attacks Syria-Lebanon border: report

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard Israeli forces have reportedly attacked a convoy on the Syria-Lebanon border, unnamed security sources say, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons...

Israel eases over Eritrean asylum seekers

Eli Ishai

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem ERITREAN asylum seekers trapped in searing temperatures between the Egyptian border and a large fence Israel built to keep out 'illegal infiltrators' will not be allowed into Israel, the government...

Syrians accuse Israel of raid on military site

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Syrian regime has confirmed Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and...

Israel strikes Syria as tensions rise on weapons

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Syrian regime confirms Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons from...

Israel admits suicide of Prisoner X


Ruth Pollard After more than two years of silence, the Israeli Government has admitted a prisoner it held in detention for "security reasons" – believed to be the Australian Ben Zygier – committed suicide in...

Israel rejects torture claims in Zygier case

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard Israel has defended its actions in the case of Ben Zygier, the Australian citizen who died in its custody, rejecting allegations he was tortured and committing to releasing a judge's report into his...