Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard has reported on the Arab Spring revolutions, the battle against the Islamic State, tensions in the West Bank, and Egypt's power struggle. Her job has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Tunisia. Her feature writing won a Walkley Award for her coverage of the war in Gaza.

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

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.

Egyptians vote in referendum amid violence

Interim President Adly Mansour shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt.

Ruth Pollard At least 11 people have died in clashes as Egyptians turned out to vote in the country’s constitutional referendum, marking what many hope will be a final rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood...

Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

Israeli President Shimon Peres lays a wreath by the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset.

Ruth Pollard The body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lay in state at the Knesset as a small but steady procession of people arrived to pay their respects to the man at once respected and reviled.

Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in a coma

Ariel Sharon had been in a coma since 2005.

Ruth Pollard Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Postcards: On the run in Cairo

Postcards. Cairo Runners, November 2013.

Ruth Pollard As dawn breaks, my taxi speeds through the empty streets of Cairo to the Fifth District.

Perfect storm lures Australians to war

Ruth Pollard It is only 1pm but the winter sky is already darkening in the border town of Kilis and the reception room of this small, nondescript hotel is bleak and cold.

Egypt's military gambles with repression

Deepening crisis: A youth records a video at the scene of the explosion that killed 16 people at a police building in Mansoura on Tuesday.

Ruth Pollard As a vote on the new constitution nears, the government risks increasing the violence it is trying to stop.

Crackdown on dissent deepens crisis in Egypt

Egyptians attend the funeral of a dozen policeman and a civilian killed from an explosion at a police headquarters, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard In the wave of bombings and targeted assassinations that has swept Egypt since August, Thursday’s bomb blast on a busy street in Nasr City, east of Cairo, caused only a modest amount of damage.

Muslim Brotherhood named 'terrorist' group

Egyptian policemen stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

Ruth Pollard Widening its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters, Egypt's interim government designated the group a 'terrorist organisation', banning all its activities, protests and gatherings...

UN boosts peacekeepers for South Sudan after mass graves found

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard The UN Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in a bid to protect civilians from violence as the discovery of a mass grave fuelled fears...

Car bomb kills 15 in Egypt, raises fears of violence in Nile Delta

Ruth Pollard In one of the deadliest attacks since the Egyptian army deposed Mohamed Mursi from the presidency in July, a car bomb tore through a building in the northern city of Mansoura, killing 15 and injuring...

Mass graves fuel fears of ethnic bloodshed in South Sudan

Volatile situation ... United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba.

Ruth Pollard Nairobi, Kenya: Amid the eruption of violence along ethnic lines in South Sudan, UN investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city, the United Nations said on Tuesday as a possible...

Syria revolution: Overthrowing Assad regime up to new grouping of militias

Ruth Pollard A new coalition of militias holds the last chance of revolution against the Assad regime.

Young rapper puts gender politics under spotlight in Egypt

Voice of the youth: Egyptian rapper Myam Mahmoud.

Ruth Pollard Her rap cuts to the heart of most young women’s experience in Egypt, tackling head on the country’s epidemic of sexual harassment, the relentless criticism of how girls dress and the false...

Syrian refugees face new challenge - freezing weather

Syrian refugees in the snow in Istanbul. The refugees in Turkey, faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

Ruth Pollard The women stood protectively around the tiny bundle perched on a plastic chair outside one of Turkey’s largest refugee camps as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped below freezing before...

Egypt unrest continues as military strengthens its grip

Soldiers riding armoured personnel carriers arrive at Tahrir Square after clashes with pro-Mursi protesters in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Protests are intensifying as the government enacts contentious new laws giving more power to the military.

Fresh battle as Egypt government targets activists

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. A court in the Mediterranean city sentenced 14 women who it said were from the Brotherhood after convicting them of belonging to a

Ruth Pollard A new battleground has opened up across Egypt as the government turns its attention from the Muslim Brotherhood to the activists who overthrew former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Syrian peace talks announced - but doubts remain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first...