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.

Ruth Pollard

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...

Islamic State offensive opens old sectarian wounds in Iraq

Checkpoint: A Badr Brigade militia guard on a road outside Amerli.

Ruth Pollard in Amerli "Walk in my footprints and do not step off the track." With those softly spoken instructions I follow the Peshmerga fighter, an M4 slung over his soldier, along the small sandy path beside an olive...

Australian-supplied weapons have reached the Kurdish frontline

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Ruth Pollard Munitions provided by Australia are already in use in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Arab League vows to confront Islamic State as US steps up air campaign

A member of the United Arab Emirates delegation records proceedings of the  the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard The Arab League has endorsed international action against the radical Islamic State and vowed to take all necessary measures to confront the “corrupt, immoral” militants who now control...

Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it'

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq's north.

Ruth Pollard There are now only an estimated 600,000 Yazidis left in Iraq. Islamic State's brutal assault has left some of them questioning whether it is time to leave the country for good.

On the ground with Kurdish forces

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

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.

Iraq delays delivery of RAAF arms to Kurds

Ruth Pollard and David Wroe EXCLUSIVE

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

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.

Grief grips Gaza

Hamas accepts 24 hour Gaza truce (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The family procession from hospital to morgue is achingly frequent as Operation Protective Edge moves into its fourth week.

Ceasefire brings Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to a pause for Cairo talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry anounces the ceasefire at a late-night press conference in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Ruth Pollard After 25 days of bloodshed in which more than 1442 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have died, a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire came into force on Friday morning following a night of intensive bombardment...

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

As the dust settles in Gaza, devastated families mourn their dead

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Ruth Pollard Initial estimates indicate up to 80 per cent of the victims of bombardment in Gaza have been civilians. Fairfax Media interviewed eight families who lost multiple members in single Israeli attacks.

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...

Gaza team defuses live bombs and shells without protective suits

Hazem Abu Murad (in white shirt) stands with members of his munitions disposal team on Thursday.

Ruth Pollard Hazem Abu Murad and his team have none of the equipment you would expect from a specialist unit of munitions disposal experts with one of the most dangerous jobs in Gaza.

Health crisis looms over Gaza's death and destruction

Ghassan Abu-Sitta, who has volunteered to perform surgery in three conflicts in the Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard One sightless child sums up the agony of a whole population under siege.

Boy believed orphaned in Gaza attack reunited with his mother

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City A boy whose family were believed to have all been killed in an Israeli air strike that left him blind has been reunited with his mother.

Gaza peace talks make little progress

A Palestinian man inspects his house, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas have failed to make progress towards another ceasefire in the month-long war, with the key Palestinian demand – an end to the siege in Gaza...

Claims Israeli soldiers shot fleeing civilians

The remains of a mosque in Khuza'a, Gaza.

Ruth Pollard Some men held a child in each arm, those who could raised their hands in the air in surrender. Others had white flags, while four of the strongest carried elderly relatives on their shoulders.

Gaza ceasefire collapses within hours

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Gaza medical officials say 195 Palestinians, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, have been killed. The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ruth Pollard The brittle ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapsed just four hours after it began, forcing Palestinians who had returned to their devastated homes to flee again as the sound of tank fire...