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.

Iraq delays delivery of RAAF arms to Kurds

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

Ruth Pollard and David Wroe EXCLUSIVE

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

US launched unsuccessful mission to free murdered journalist James Foley

American photo journalist James Foley in 2011.

Ruth Pollard In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million dollar...

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

As the dust settles in Gaza, devastated families mourn their dead

Gaza death

Ruth Pollard Initial estimates indicate up to 80 per cent of the victims of bombardment in Gaza have been civilians. Fairfax Media interviewed eight families who lost multiple members in single Israeli attacks.

Gaza peace talks make little progress

A Palestinian man inspects his house, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Hamas have failed to make progress towards another ceasefire in the month-long war, with the key Palestinian demand – an end to the siege in Gaza...

Boy believed orphaned in Gaza attack reunited with his mother

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard In Gaza City A boy whose family were believed to have all been killed in an Israeli air strike that left him blind has been reunited with his mother.

Bearing witness to Gaza's destruction

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Ruth Pollard After two weeks in Gaza, Fairfax Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard reflects on a society deep in trauma. GRAPHIC IMAGES.

Gaza team defuses live bombs and shells without protective suits

Hazem Abu Murad (in white shirt) stands with members of his munitions disposal team on Thursday.

Ruth Pollard Hazem Abu Murad and his team have none of the equipment you would expect from a specialist unit of munitions disposal experts with one of the most dangerous jobs in Gaza.

Claims Israeli soldiers shot fleeing civilians

The remains of a mosque in Khuza'a, Gaza.

Ruth Pollard Some men held a child in each arm, those who could raised their hands in the air in surrender. Others had white flags, while four of the strongest carried elderly relatives on their shoulders.

Gaza ceasefire gives pause to assess destruction

Palestinians search through rubble of a destroyed house in Rafah.

Ruth Pollard Amidst the vast moonscape of grey rubble, the bloated carcasses of dead animals and the occasional splash of colour from a child’s toy, Gazans returned to what was left of their homes as...

Israel condemned after third deadly strike on UN school in Gaza

Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike at a UN school in Rafah on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard Facing international condemnation over its third deadly missile strike on a United Nations school in Gaza that killed 10 people and wounded 35, Israel has announced a seven-hour “humanitarian...

Health crisis looms over Gaza's death and destruction

Ghassan Abu-Sitta, who has volunteered to perform surgery in three conflicts in the Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard One sightless child sums up the agony of a whole population under siege.

Israeli troops being redeployed, not withdrawn from Gaza: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Israeli tanks appeared to be pulling back from a number of border towns around Gaza, as its military continued an intensive bombardment of the southern city of Rafah after one of its soldiers went...

Israeli attack follows collapse of Gaza ceasefire and reported capture of Hadar Goldin

Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who was reportedly captured by Hamas militants on Friday.

Ruth Pollard Israel’s response to the possibility that militants in Gaza had captured one of its soldiers soon after a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire came into force was swift and deadly.

Grief grips Gaza

Hamas accepts 24 hour Gaza truce (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The family procession from hospital to morgue is achingly frequent as Operation Protective Edge moves into its fourth week.

Gaza ceasefire collapses within hours

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Gaza medical officials say 195 Palestinians, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, have been killed. The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ruth Pollard The brittle ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapsed just four hours after it began, forcing Palestinians who had returned to their devastated homes to flee again as the sound of tank fire...

Ceasefire brings Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to a pause for Cairo talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry anounces the ceasefire at a late-night press conference in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Ruth Pollard After 25 days of bloodshed in which more than 1442 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have died, a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire came into force on Friday morning following a night of intensive bombardment...

In the bombed Gaza school

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Ruth Pollard GRAPHIC CONTENT: Ruth Pollard witnesses the death and destruction at the UN school in Gaza hit with Israeli artillery, killing at least 19 people.