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.

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...

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

Unrest as Saudi Arabia expels foreign workers

Filipino workers in Jeddah

Ruth Pollard Saudi Arabia's sweeping crackdown on foreign workers has caused a severe labour shortage throughout the kingdom, with garbage reportedly piling up around major cities, crops going unpicked and school...

Saudis jump on board campaign to get women behind wheel

Tamador Alyami.

Ruth Pollard Saudi activist Tamador Alyami steers her car through busy weekday traffic as an act of defiance.

Terrorism spreads its wings

A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi September 21, 2013.

Ruth Pollard A soft target frequented by Westerners, a weak, volatile country and a terrorist group emerging from a deadly split: it is a lethal combination that experts say is the new normal for jihadi groups...

Syrian crisis leaves children at risk of starvation

Syria

Ruth Pollard It is choice no child should have to make - put themselves in the line of fire or slide further into hunger.

Syria UN report: unequivocal, objective evidence chemical weapons used

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard A United Nations chemical weapons team has found "clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface-rockets containing the nerve agent sarin" were used in last month's deadly attacks outside...

Syrian government forces 'almost certainly' responsible for chemical attacks: Human Rights Watch report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ruth Pollard Syrian government forces were “almost certainly” responsible for the two chemical weapons attacks on opposition-controlled areas of Damascus last month, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has...

Heartbreak and revenge fuel Syria's revolution

Syrian opposition fighter Ali Ahmed in his hospital bed in Lebanon. His right leg was shattered during the battle for Qusayr.

Ruth Pollard It was only after Ali Ahmed watched his father and uncle die that he became a killer.

Syrians stream into Lebanon fearing the worst to come as civil war rages

Syrian refugees

Ruth Pollard Cars full of people, packed with suitcases, blankets and mattresses streamed across the border from Syria into Lebanon, fearing the United States will conduct air strikes against the regime of Bashar...

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak released

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from behind bars as he attends a hearing in his retrial on appeal in Cairo, Egypt, earlier this year.

Ruth Pollard Cairo: Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison in a development that may inflame tensions as the nation grapples with violence following the deposing of his Islamist...

Remnants of unity left to smoulder in Egypt's Coptic churches

coptic christians

Ruth Pollard As the Egyptian political crisis deepens and the sectarian violence cleaves further into communities, Christians have increasingly been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood supporters intent on revenge.

Egypt clashes resume on 'Friday of anger'

Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque

Ruth Pollard and agencies At least 12 people were killed across Egypt on Friday, the health ministry says,

Fresh violence erupts in Egypt leaving dozens dead

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square.

Ruth Pollard Fresh violence has erupted across Egypt leaving at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured as thousands of Muslim Brotherhood protesters took to the streets in defiance of a national state of...

Stench of death hangs over Cairo

Egypt

Ruth Pollard There are bodies as far as the eye can see, ice placed on them to slow decomposition.