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.

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

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

After a reported 17 warnings on shelter location, Israeli artillery hits Gaza school, killing 19

A boy wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabalia waits for treatment.

Ruth Pollard Four donkeys lay dead at the gate of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, the first indication of the bloody human toll inside.

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...

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...

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

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...

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...