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.

'Humanitarian' ceasefire agreed in Gaza

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem A 12-hour ceasefire is under way in Gaza, following failed efforts to negotiate a week-long "humanitarian pause" in Israel’s 19-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at...

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...

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

Egypt upheavals threaten to suffocate Gaza

Trapped: Gazan newlyweds Sameeha, left, and Ayman.

Ruth Pollard Cairo's military-backed government has plunged Palestinians in the enclave into a world without the most basic resources and no way out.

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.

Bomb attack claims fourth Assad aide as rebels gain ground

Syrians flee.

Ruth Pollard Thousands flee Syria as news confirmed that the head of the country's security was a victim of Wednesday's bombing attack by rebels.

Crisis deepens as mass protests hit West Bank

A Palestinian youth prepares to throw a burning tyre during a protest

Ruth Pollard BETHLEHEM: Cities across the West Bank are in the grip of mass protests as taxi drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other Palestinian workers joined a strike to protest against fuel price rises and...

West Bank religious sites first for world heritage request

Delegates at UNESCO's 36th General Conference

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Significant religious sites throughout the West Bank, including the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, will be among the first to be pushed forward for world...

Heritage status for West Bank sites

Church of the Nativity.

Ruth Pollard Religious sites will be among the first to be pushed forward for world heritage status thanks to Palestine's UNESCO membership.

Palestinian Spring under way: Abbas

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Palestinian Authority President presses ahead with his demand for a total freeze on Israeli settlements before any peace talks can resume.

Libya's rebel chief counting down days

Abdul Hakim Belhaj.

Ruth Pollard,Tripoli The man in charge of securing Tripoli and toppling the final remnants of the Gaddafi regime in the capital is emphatic.

Western journalists killed in Syria attack

Marie Colvin.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Distinguished foreign correspondent and French photographer die during rocket attack in Homs.

Syrians still fleeing in a hail of bullets

Ruth Pollard, Guvecci, Turkey There is no rest for men such as Hassan, who are working to keep Syria's revolution alive. He is not fighting on the front lines, he says as we wind our way towards the farming village where some of...