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.

Baghdad caught in a ring of fear, waiting for US to wave magic wand

Ruth Pollard Along Iraq’s constantly shifting frontline there is little buffer between civilians and the militants’ advance.

Ukraine crisis: Crimeans vote to join Russia in referendum slammed as 'illegal' by US, EU

People wave Russian flags in Lenin Square in Simferopol to celebrate the preliminary results of the Crimean referendum.

Ruth Pollard Crowds of Crimeans roared their approval in Lenin Square in the capital Simferopol as exit polls indicated 93 per cent of those who turned out to vote in Sunday’s referendum were in favour of...

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.

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The United States has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran as the international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program intensifies and the fallout from the...

US recalls ambassador over safety fears in Syria

A Syrian Kurdish boy holds a sign reading

Ruth Pollard RELATIONS between Syria and the US have descended into tit-for-tat diplomacy as international concern mounted about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations emerged of injured...

Syria, US withdraw diplomats in tit-for-tat blows

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Ruth Pollard Concern mounts about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations about injured activists and staff being tortured in hospitals.

Israeli plan for homes upsets US and Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama September 21, 2011 at the United Nations Building in New York City. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is determined to push ahead with the construction of more than 1000 new homes in a large settlement in East Jerusalem, despite Palestinian...

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.

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...

Netanyahu prepares for protracted Gaza campaign after 10 Israeli soldiers killed

Palestinians flee their house from what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes on Tuesday.

Ruth Pollard Citizens of Gaza endured a relentless night of bombardment as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunships launched 150 strikes across the coastal strip, razing homes and hitting targets such as the...

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...

'Humanitarian' ceasefire agreed in Gaza

 Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Friday.

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...

Air strikes on Gaza resume as ceasefires collapse amid continuing rocket fire

Smoke rises from Gaza after Israeli shelling on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard Two temporary ceasefires collapsed in Gaza as militants continued to fire rockets into Israel and the Israeli military resumed its air, naval and ground strikes.

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.

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...

No balm in sight for the broken land of Gaza

Relatives of a man reportedly killed by an Israeli air strike grieve at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Ruth Pollard The supply cupboard is almost bare at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, but there is death and chaos all around.

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki rejects calls for unity government, as violence engulfs nation

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Ruth Pollard As Sunni insurgents continued their campaign to seize key towns throughout Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls to form a national unity government aimed at healing some of the...

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.