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.

Crimea's parliament votes to split from Ukraine before referendum

Ruth Pollard Crimea's pro-Russian parliamentarians have voted in favour of independence from Ukraine five days before a much-criticised referendum is due to be held.

Russian occupation opens old wounds for Ukraine's Crimean Tatars

Zulfere Memetova

Ruth Pollard The Tatar men of Bakhchysarai have drawn up a roster and each night they take turns to patrol their neighbourhoods once the sun sets on the windswept plains of central Crimea.

Protests grip Ukraine as Putin defends Crimea actions

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Odessa.

Ruth Pollard Thousands rallied across Ukraine in rival demonstrations that turned violent when pro-Russian activists attacked a protest on the Black Sea peninsula, as Russian soldiers tightened their grip across...

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...

Folk musicians try to calm tense troops in Crimea

Standoff: Surrounded by unidentified Russian soldiers, Ukrainian marines talk behind a wall at their base in Perevalnoye.

Ruth Pollard Brightly dressed folk musicians in Prevalnoye, Crimea, say they want to ease tension between Ukrainian and Russian troops.

Syrian refugees eke out existence in Lebanon

A Syrian girl at Al-Khan market in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Ruth Pollard In Tripoli, Lebanon, Syrian refugees, some of the 2.5 million who have fled the war in their country that local rights groups say has claimed upwards of 125,000 lives and left more 6.

Syrian family of seven forced to rely on 13-year-old breadwinner

Syrian refugee Mohamed makes coffee in a Lebanese cafe to support his family of seven.

Ruth Pollard Mohamed is only 13, but for the past year he has been the sole breadwinner for a family of seven Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Portrait of despair: Thousands queue for UN food parcels in Yarmouk, Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.

Ruth Pollard One glimpse of their faces tells the story of the year that they have suffered. Gaunt, exhausted, their strength of will almost spent, they stand amid the devastated buildings of Yarmouk refugee camp...

Peter Greste and Al-Jazeera colleagues make first appearance in Cairo court

“All of the support we have been getting has contributed enormously to our protection

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist describes prison conditions as 'psychologically unbearable'.

Greste and colleagues to make first court appearance

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s international reputation, three al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, are due to make their first appearance in...

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.

The 'lost' boy: photo of four-year-old Marwan goes viral

Syrian refugee Marwan is helped by UN staff after becoming temporarily separated from his parents while fleeing Syria.

Ruth Pollard It is the picture that created a social media storm - the little boy who appeared to have crossed the desert alone.

Egypt bombing could end country's already fragile tourism industry

Deadly bus bombing in Taba.

Ruth Pollard errorism has returned to the wild and beautiful Sinai Peninsula, and the region that not long ago was one of Egypt’s most-visited destinations is facing a catastrophic collapse of its already...

Egypt bomb attack kills five on tourist bus

Bombing: The explosion killed at least four people and injured 27.

Ruth Pollard A bomb has torn through a bus in the Red Sea resort town of Taba, killing at least five and injuring 27, signalling a serious escalation in the six-month insurgency that until now has targeted...

Living dangerously in the 'new' Egypt

Security forces stand guard outside a police academy, where the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood is due to take place, on the outskirts of Cairo, January 28, 2014. Mursi went on trial on Tuesday on charges in connection with a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising, state television reported. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Ruth Pollard It doesn't take long for a crowd to turn on you on the streets of Egypt these days.

Analysis

Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.

Australian journalist to stand trial in Egypt for airing 'false' news

Facing trial ... al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste is accused of collaborating with Egyptians to air false news.

Ruth Pollard Egypt intensified its media crackdown on Wednesday with the country's military-backed government announcing 20 journalists from Al Jazeera, including one Australian, would stand trial accused of...

Peter Greste: Journalist's second letter smuggled from Cairo prison

A screen grab from a BBC report by Peter Greste, an Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested for aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Ruth Pollard Cairo: He is just one man swept up in a tidal wave of thousands of arrests in Egypt, but for Australian journalist Peter Greste, the message of the military-backed government to those trying to...

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.

Egyptians vote on final day of constitutional referendum

An Egyptian man inks his finger after casting her vote at a polling booth

Ruth Pollard in Fayoum, Egypt Under a heavy military presence and in an increasingly volatile atmosphere, Egyptians voted on the second and final day of the country’s constitutional referendum.