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.

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak released

Ruth Pollard Cairo: Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison in a development that may inflame tensions as the nation grapples with violence following the deposing of his Islamist...

Remnants of unity left to smoulder in Egypt's Coptic churches

coptic christians

Ruth Pollard As the Egyptian political crisis deepens and the sectarian violence cleaves further into communities, Christians have increasingly been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood supporters intent on revenge.

Egypt clashes resume on 'Friday of anger'

Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque

Ruth Pollard and agencies At least 12 people were killed across Egypt on Friday, the health ministry says,

Fresh violence erupts in Egypt leaving dozens dead

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square.

Ruth Pollard Fresh violence has erupted across Egypt leaving at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured as thousands of Muslim Brotherhood protesters took to the streets in defiance of a national state of...

Stench of death hangs over Cairo


Ruth Pollard There are bodies as far as the eye can see, ice placed on them to slow decomposition.

Egypt's 'smell of death'

Dead Muslim Brotherhood supporters at the El Eyman mosque in CairoClick to play video

Ruth Pollard Ice, fans and air freshener are being used on the decomposing bodies of dead Muslim Brotherhood supporters piled in a Cairo mosque, reports Middle East correspondent Ruth Pollard.

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

A reporter runs for cover in CairoClick to play video

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...