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.

An unsteady peace in Gaza

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

US launched unsuccessful mission to free murdered journalist James Foley

American photo journalist James Foley in 2011.

Ruth Pollard In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million dollar...

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.

Israeli troops being redeployed, not withdrawn from Gaza: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Israeli tanks appeared to be pulling back from a number of border towns around Gaza, as its military continued an intensive bombardment of the southern city of Rafah after one of its soldiers went...

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

Peter Greste 'holding up well', says brother

Peter Greste.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste's brother Andrew has visited the Australian journalist in an Egyptian prison and says he is mentally strong as he prepares for a court hearing.

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...

Syrian peace talks announced - but doubts remain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first...

Security Council plans debate as ceasefire hopes dim

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the prime minister's office November 20, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Clinton arrived in Israel as efforts by Western and Arab diplomats to end the confrontation between Israel and Gaza have escalated.  (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

Ruth Pollard AS MIDDLE EAST leaders work with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to broker a ceasefire agreement acceptable to Israel and Hamas, United Nations ambassadors in New York announced the...

'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.

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...

Aleppo massacre: 68 bodies found near river

Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The bodies lie on the muddy concrete bordering a small canal in Aleppo, many with their hands tied behind their back, each with a bullet to the head, their blood spilling into the stagnant water...

Massacre corpses pulled from Syrian river

Syrian citizens, background, gather to look at the dead bodies, at a river in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem The bodies lay on the muddy concrete edge of a small canal in Aleppo, many with their hands tied behind their back, each with a bullet to the head, their blood spilling into the stagnant water below.

Israel denies 'Prisoner X' Zygier was in contact with ASIO

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Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Seeking to put an end to speculation that the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was arrested for also passing information to ASIO, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Ben...

Damascus attack sparks fear of escalation

Baida,

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets appear to have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus. If confirmed, it would be its second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Syrian crisis leaves children at risk of starvation

Syria

Ruth Pollard It is choice no child should have to make - put themselves in the line of fire or slide further into hunger.

Syria's top diplomat in London defects over 'violent and oppressive' regime

Assad

Ruth Pollard in Antakya, Turkey Syria's most senior diplomat in Britain has announced his defection, saying he can no longer represent a regime that has “committed such violent and oppressive acts against its own...