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.

Human rights groups condemn 'war crimes' by Syrian rebels

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stamp on their bodies.

Syrian massacre highlights disregard for human rights on both sides

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on November 1, 2012 shows rebel fighters gathering near alleged bodies of Syrian soldiers after they overran an army checkpoint in the northwestern Idlib province. Syria's northwestern Idlib province has become a key battleground in the country's conflict, especially after rebel forces seized the town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo road early last month. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE
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Ruth Pollard THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stomp on them.

Fears Netanyahu's plan to unite right-wing parties could backfire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shake hands.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: United in ''mutual distrust'', the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, forged ahead with plans to merge the lists of their right-wing...

Gaza rockets bring Israel reprisal threat

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened 'more extensive and deeper action' against militants in the Gaza Strip after 79 rockets and mortar shells were fired into southern Israel on...

Tensions rise over Gaza rocket attacks

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Ruth Pollard Jerusalem: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened "more extensive and deeper action" against militants in the Gaza Strip, after 79 rockets and mortar shells were fired into...

Israelis back discrimination against Arabs: poll

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Most Jewish citizens of Israel support discrimination against Palestinians, a new poll has found, with 69 per cent advocating preference for Jews over Arabs in government jobs and 74 per...

Israeli settlers launch assault on Palestinian agriculture

A Palestinians demonstrator is restrained by an Israeli soldier as he tries to reach Palestinian lands to pick grape and olive trees, near the fence of the Israeli settlement of Karmi Tsour, in the village of Beit Omar.

Ruth Pollard, Aboud, West Bank Two weeks into the West Bank's annual olive harvest, Israeli settlers have destroyed hundreds of trees and attacked Palestinian farmers in what rights groups warn is a dangerous escalation of...

Palestinian farmers accuse settlers of attacks

A Palestinian security officer helps farmers pick olives during the harvest season, in the northern West Bank village of Maythaloon, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The U.N. Middle East envoy said on Sunday he's alarmed by attacks blamed on Israeli settlers against Palestinian farmers and their olive trees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Ruth Pollard Aboud, West Bank: It is just two weeks into the West Bank's annual olive harvest and already Israeli settlers have destroyed hundreds of trees and attacked Palestinian farmers in what rights groups...

Israeli air strikes kill Palestinian 'jihadists'

Relatives of the two Palestinian militants who were killed in an Israeli airstrike mourn outside a hospital in Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The Israeli army confirmed in a statement that  it's aircraft hit a group of militants firing a rocket in Central  Gaza strip. (AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa)

Ruth Pollard In a deadly cycle of targeted assassinations and retaliatory rocket fire, five Palestinians were killed and more injured in Gaza at the weekend, while militants fired dozens of rockets into southern...

Five killed in Gaza assassinations

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Ruth Pollard In a deadly cycle of targeted assassinations and retaliatory rocket fire, five Palestinians were killed and more were injured in Gaza over the weekend, while militants fired dozens of rockets into...

Jordan teetering on the cusp of change

This protest in Amman last Friday was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Islamic Action Front.

Ruth Pollard, Amman, Jordan Some call it a 'government by night', at once loathed and mocked for its habit of delivering bad news while the country sleeps. Jordanians say they never know what the mornings will bring.

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Slow burn on the road to revolution

People from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties demonstrate to demand political reforms, in Amman October 5, 2012. Thousands of Jordanian Islamist supporters marched on Friday in the largest demonstration since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted last year, calling on King Abdullah to accelerate democratic reforms. The

Ruth Pollard Some call it a ''government by night'', at once loathed and mocked for its habit of delivering bad news while the country sleeps.

Netanyahu calls early poll to halt 'turmoil'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard ISRAELIS are facing the prospect of early elections again following Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Austerity budget forces early Israel election

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections after Benjamin Netanyahu's widely expected announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

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Netanyahu calls early elections 'for the benefit of Israel'

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Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement overnight that his government would go to the polls as early as...

Turkey authorises military strikes in Syria as border tension spikes

Turks in Istanbul protest against the notion of a possible war with Syria. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day but said it has no intention of declaring war.

Ruth Pollard Under constant provocation from the Assad regime and shouldering the burden of as many as 150,000 refugees in its camps and towns, Turkey was becoming increasingly unnerved by the worsening security...

Torture part of Gaza justice system

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem The Hamas-administered criminal justice system in Gaza runs on arbitrary arrest, torture, unfair trials and other serious violations, a report examining its five-year rule of the tiny coastal strip...

Crisis deepens as mass protests hit West Bank

A Palestinian youth prepares to throw a burning tyre during a protest

Ruth Pollard BETHLEHEM: Cities across the West Bank are in the grip of mass protests as taxi drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other Palestinian workers joined a strike to protest against fuel price rises and...

Israel eases over Eritrean asylum seekers

Eli Ishai

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem ERITREAN asylum seekers trapped in searing temperatures between the Egyptian border and a large fence Israel built to keep out 'illegal infiltrators' will not be allowed into Israel, the government...

Syrian refugees caught in a treeless wasteland

Syrian refugee children at Camp Zaatari.

Ruth Pollard Half the population of this refugee camp of 26,000 are children.