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.

Assad's forces score victory in Syria fight

Ruth Pollard As the United Nations human rights body voted to condemn Syria's use of foreign fighters in its deadly attacks on the border town of Quasyr, it appeared the regime's forces, backed by up to 2000...

Syria rebels get boost from Europe

Lebanon Ruth Pollard Middle-east Correspondent Beirut The campaign to arm Syria's opposition fighters has received two major boosts: the European Union will lift an embargo on the provision of arms to Syria's so-called 'moderate opposition', and the US...

Damning new report on EU's inaction over Israel

A Palestinian boy jumps  over a burning tyre in Gaza.

Ruth Pollard The European Union had failed to hold the Israeli government to account over its continuing human rights violations against Palestinians, including the demolition of houses, water systems and...

Gloom over mid-east talks greets Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard Jerusalem: The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Britain's Foreign Secretary, William Hague, were due to arrive in Jerusalem on Thursday in a further attempt to renew talks between Israel and...

US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month.

Syrian war spilling over borders

A Syrian activist shouts anti-Hezbollah slogans during a protest against the participation of Hezbollah members in the fighting in the Syrian town of Qusair.

Ruth Pollard Tensions are rising along Syria's borders as government forces battle to regain control of a strategic border town from rebel fighters.

Israel, Syrian army exchange gunfire

An Israeli soldier works on top of a tank in a position in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

Ruth Pollard Tensions have risen along Syria’s now-volatile southern border with Israel after an exchange of artillery fire in the Golan Heights.

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Damascus attack sparks fear of escalation

Baida,

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets appear to have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus. If confirmed, it would be its second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Tragedy of young lives lost remembered in Gallipoli

DIGICAM 00000000 mpb000424.001.001.jpg.North Beach, Gallipoli Peninsular; Turkey.Pic for General News.Pic by Mike Bowers.Pic shows.With Ari Burnu, the point at which Australian Troops first landed at Gallipoli and traditionally the focus for Australian Dawn services, in the background bugler David Shadforth from the Australian Army Band at Victoria Barracks in Sydney rehearses the Last Post at the New ANZAC Commemorative site which will be dedicated at this years Dawn Service***FDCTRANSFER***

Ruth Pollard As thousands gathered along the tiny stretch of coast where so many Australians died on the unforgiving battlefields of Gallipoli, a clear dawn sky emerged out of the cold, moonlit night and a hush...

Death of prisoner sparks anger in Hebron

Hebron

Ruth Pollard in Hebron In a display of anger and grief, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Hebron and the northern West Bank to mourn the deaths of three men and protest against the ongoing detention of more...

Sacred but troubled Easter feast

Syriac Orthodox Father Boulus.

Ruth Pollard The wings of an angel curl around his shoulders and the image of a large cross travels down his spine, accompanied by 16 lines of prayer in the ancient script of Aramaic.

Obama came, saw and united, which is bad news for Assad

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard He came to woo the Israeli public and woo them he did, with endless symbolic gestures and a speech that won over many on both the right and left of the political spectrum.

Israeli PM's call soothes relationship with Turkey

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Israel apologises to Turkey

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Obama visits the Church of the Nativity

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard As a fierce sandstorm blew into Bethlehem from the Negev Desert in the south, President Barack Obama made his final stop on his three-day visit to Israel and Palestine before he flies to neighbouring...

Anti-settlement protesters struggle to make Obama hear

Palestinian protest village Afhad Younis

Ruth Pollard On a rocky hill overlooking the large Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, as sheep grazed along the grassy shoulders of the highway that leads into Jerusalem, a large Palestinian flag unfurled in...

Obama urges Israel to make peace with Palestine

obama

Ruth Pollard Appealing to Israel's younger generation, US President Barack Obama urged them to look at the world through Palestinian eyes and push their political leaders to take a risk and make peace with their...

Obama and Netanyahu smooth over tensions

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Putting aside their much-analysed frosty relationship, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united, even jovial front at the conclusion of Mr Obama's...