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.

Military crackdown only a matter of time in a divided Egypt

Ruth Pollard The violence that exploded across Egypt had an air of inevitability about it

Hundreds killed in Egypt clashes

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Ruth Pollard Cairo is a war zone after Egyptian authorities used violent force to break up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps. Ruth Pollard reports from Cairo. Warning: graphic images.

Egypt protest crackdown: Army leaves hundreds of pro-Mursi protesters dead, thousands injured

Violence in the streets of Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Outside the streets were in chaos, the rapid crack of gunshots and the burning sting of tear gas filled the air as Egypt's security forces opened fire on pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in an...

Scores dead as Egyptian security forces break up pro-Mursi protest camps


Ruth Pollard The streets of Cairo resembled a war zone as Egypt's security forces cleared the major pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests using tear gas, bulldozers and live fire.

Third Square Movement - searching for Egypt's middle ground

thrid square protesters

Ruth Pollard A breakaway group of young activists is calling for a different way though the political crisis.

Egypt crackdown imminent after diplomacy fails

Muslim Brotherhood supporter

Ruth Pollard Raising fears of renewed bloodshed across Egypt, the country's military-backed leaders declared international mediation efforts with the Muslim Brotherhood had failed and warned the thousands of...

All eyes on General Sisi for peace

In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. El-Sissi has called on Egyptians to hold mass demonstrations to voice their support for the military to put an end to

Ruth Pollard Cairo: As parts of Cairo remained paralysed by protests, the country's military chief met with Islamist leaders in an attempt to end Egypt's deadly month-long crisis while international envoys tried...

After Mursi, political Islam losing ground in Egypt


Ruth Pollard Shrouded in white cloth, their names and home towns carefully printed on the fabric in black pen, the bodies lay side-by-side on the floor at a field hospital in Cairo's Nasr City.

'Do we look like terrorists to you?': Scores dead in fight for Egypt

Mursi supporters

Ruth Pollard The roads leading up to the Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City resembled a battleground, covered in broken paving bricks, tear gas canisters and birdshot pellets, while the floor of the nearby...

Egypt death toll rising as police attack protesters

Egypt protest

Ruth Pollard Scores of people have died and hundreds more wounded after police attacked crowds of protesters calling for the reinstatement of Mohamed Mursi as president.

Egyptians turn out en masse to support General al-Sisi's call for a mandate

Tahrir Square protest

Ruth Pollard Military helicopters flew low overhead and the heaving crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square lifted their hands into the air, waving Egyptian flags and large posters featuring General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

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...