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.

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...

Defiant Abbas expected to win UN vote

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard RAMALLAH: Openly defying the US President, Barack Obama, and facing down Israeli threats to abandon the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will submit a bid to the United Nations...

'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.

Anti-settlement protesters struggle to make Obama hear

Palestinian protest village Afhad Younis

Ruth Pollard On a rocky hill overlooking the large Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, as sheep grazed along the grassy shoulders of the highway that leads into Jerusalem, a large Palestinian flag unfurled in...

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.

US punishes companies for Iran sales

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Ruth Pollard The US has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran.

Victorious rebels consolidate their grip on Libya's capital

A Libyan rebel poses with a hat belonging to Muammar Gaddafi.

Ruth Pollard in Libya NALUT, Libya: As the rebels cemented their hold on the capital, Tripoli, and fought fierce pockets of resistance from pro-Gaddafi forces, Libyans were trying to come to grips with the moment some...