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.

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Searching for refuge in a land where there are no safe places

Ruth Pollard AS THE night-time temperature in Syria drops closer to freezing and the rains begin, it is difficult to imagine how those who have barely survived without electricity, water or enough food this year...

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.

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.

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Parents of Australian journalist Peter Greste tell of heartbreaking prison visit

Juris and Lois Greste have been able to visit their son, Australian journalist Peter Greste, in Tora Prison in Egypt for the first time since his sentencing.

Ruth Pollard They have followed their son’s reporting in conflict zones around the world, watching as he moved from the BBC to al-Jazeera, from Afghanistan to the Balkans, Iraq to Somalia and Kenya.

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.

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

City of fear: Baghdad's citizens do not know when the next blow will fall.

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

Iraqi forces battle to take control of Tikrit

A member of the Iraqi security forces checks an ammunition belt south of Baghdad.

Ruth Pollard Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched a major assault on Tikrit in an attempt to regain control of the northern city from Sunni insurgents who have been holding it since June 11.

Iraq crisis: ISIL militants declare 'Caliphate'

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Ruth Pollard The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sunni militants fighting across Syria and Iraq – have proclaimed the establishment of a “caliphate” in a move that experts say could...

Abu Ghraib: a town gripped by fear as ISIL approaches Baghdad

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Ruth Pollard Heavily fortified guardposts line the road into Abu Ghraib and more than a dozen military vehicles are on the move alongside the occasional civilian car making the lonely 20-kilometre journey from...

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Australian journalist Peter Greste jailed for seven years for 'defaming Egypt'

Australian journalist Peter Greste appears in the defendant's cage during his trial.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egyptian court and sentenced to seven years in prison for producing false news to defame Egypt.

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

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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...

Uprising brings civil war threat closer to Iraq

A Mosul family in a UNHCR refugee camp after fleeing their city when it was claimed by insurgents.

Ruth Pollard With the country on the brink of civil war, the situation in Iraq has never been more perilous as the depth of its sectarian fissures are exposed.

Tensions run high as Peter Greste bail denied

Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy behind bars in court in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues remain behind bars after an Egyptian judge again denied bail at their trial in Cairo.

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

ISIL's new rules for captured city of Mosul

ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.

Ruth Pollard ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which the captured city of Mosul is the capital.

Civilians flee as militants bring Iraq closer to break-up

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...