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.

Egyptian army calls for show of strength against 'terrorists'

Ruth Pollard In a move that has fuelled fears of an imminent military crackdown against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the head of Egypt's army has called for mass demonstrations on Friday, to give the...

Egypt military hints at crackdown

In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Alexandria, Egypt.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military has called for mass demonstrations to provide a mandate for a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Syrians in Egypt feel the chill of Mursi's ouster

Syrian in Egypt

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim government put on a “business as usual” show on Sunday, announcing that a panel of legal experts had begun working on the country's constitution, while diplomats...

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood failed the most basic test - feeding the people

Mursi placard.

Ruth Pollard One woman's struggle is, in essence, Egypt's struggle, one the deposed government failed to grasp.

Middle East talks back on track

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard After a stalemate of nearly three years, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators look set to return to direct, final-status peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Israel, Palestine set to return to peace talks

Syrian peace talks provide ‘common ground’ (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard After a stalemate of nearly three years, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators look set to return to direct, final-status peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said overnight.

Adly Mansour, interim Egyptian president, makes first TV address, while Cairo braces for more protests

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour

Ruth Pollard As Egyptians steeled themselves for more mass protests, with tens of thousands expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers, the country's interim president declared there was no turning back...

Egyptian military swears in new cabinet as violence flares

An injured supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi runs from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo early July 16, 2013. Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim leaders pushed ahead with the formation of a new cabinet on Tuesday, minus any representation from the former ruling Islamist parties and with the army chief taking on...

Mursi supporters gather in Cairo square

A photo of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi

Ruth Pollard Chanting for the downfall of the army chief who they believe orchestrated Dr Mursi's overthrow as huge Egyptian flags billowed above them in the evening breeze, the pro-Mursi demonstrators' numbers...

Egypt launches criminal investigation of Mursi amid protests

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hold up masks of him as they gather at the Rabaa Adawiya square.

Ruth Pollard The Egyptian public prosecutor's office has started an investigation of the deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi as thousands of supporters vowed to keep up their protests until he is reinstated.

Wheel turns slowly for Syria's tent city refugees

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KAMAL TAHA 
Syrian refugees carry water containers as they walk through the northern Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp, now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan's fifth-largest city, on May 18, 2013. With no end in sight to Syria's conflict, some refugees in Jordan are offering their daughters for early marriage in the hope of securing them protection as they face growing economic pressure. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI

Ruth Pollard A wedding ceremony is held in the sand and dust of the world's second largest refugee camp in Jordan.The refugees say the wheel of life must go on.

Assad gains ground across Syria

This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Al-Manar Television via AP video)

Ruth Pollard Beirut: As the Syrian regime tightens its grip the besieged town of Qusayr, trapping up to 1500 wounded inside, it has been quietly making gains elsewhere in the country, winning back key roads and...

Traumatised Syrians find uneasy shelter in Lebanon

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SARA HUSSEIN 
Syrian refugees children queue with adult family members at the entrance of the UNHCR offices in the coastal city of Tripoli north of Lebanon on May 21, 2013. As the conflict in neighbouring Syria stretches into its third year, Lebanon has seen an ever-growing flood of refugees flock to its towns and villages. The flood of arrivals has had inevitable knock-on effects both on Lebanon's economy and the nerves of its citizens. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

Ruth Pollard In a tree-lined street in Qalamoun, a port town on the outskirts of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, 200 Syrians - refugees who have fled the shocking violence of the civil war being fought...

A war without boundaries

Children in a refugee camp for Syrians in the Lebanese town of Arsal.

Ruth Pollard Fresh posters of young Hezbollah martyrs mark the roads through the Shiite villages.

JUNE 2013

Where conflict knows no boundaries

Children in a refugee camp in the Lebanese town of Arsal.

Ruth Pollard Fresh posters of young Hezbollah martyrs mark the roads through the Shiite villages in the north of Lebanon's Beqaa Valley - the latest casualties in a war that knows no boundaries.

Assad's forces score victory in Syria fight

Fighting rages on Syria (Thumbnail)

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.