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.

Ruth Pollard

Netanyahu's power play all about securing home front

Ruth Pollard There are few certainties in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's monster new coalition, which holds 94 seats out of a 120-seat parliament.

Israel PM in shock deal with rivals

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Benjamin Netanyahu shocks all sides of the political spectrum with a spectacular last-minute about-face, abandoning his call for an early election and instead bringing the rival Kadima party into his...

Court deals blow for hunger strikers

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Ruth Pollard Israel's highest court has rejected an appeal by two Palestinian hunger strikers against their continuing detention without trial.

Fears for hunger strikers in Israel

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Ruth Pollard, Ramallah The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to at least 2800, human rights groups say, while two of the inmates hovered close to death as they entered their 69th...

Bedside chat that changed Israel's rules for organ transplants

Organ transplants in Israel.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem As surgeon Jacob Lavee was preparing to perform a heart transplant on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish patient, they had a conversation that changed the way he thought about organ donation forever.

Syrians still fleeing in a hail of bullets

Ruth Pollard, Guvecci, Turkey There is no rest for men such as Hassan, who are working to keep Syria's revolution alive. He is not fighting on the front lines, he says as we wind our way towards the farming village where some of...

As rifts continue, Gazans pay price in innocent lives

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Ruth Pollard The smell of smoke hangs in the air, and the scorched walls and blackened floor of the empty room speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.

A family pays the price of Gaza's rift

The father of the dead children.

Ruth Pollard, Deir Al-balah The smell of smoke hangs in the air and the scorched walls and blackened floor speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.

Syria peace plan stalls as deadline looms

Smoke rises from the Al Qusoor district of Homs April 8, 2012. Picture taken April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Waseem Al Qusoor/Shaam News Network/Handout   (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ruth Pollard Reports have emerged of extra-judicial executions of civilians and wounded rebel fighters.

Stopping all stations, Christians bear their faith

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Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem During Holy Week, even the simplest of pilgrimages can be an impossible journey.

Pilgrims rent a cross to walk in Christ's footsteps

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Ruth Pollard It is just a gentle slope upwards along the Via Dolorosa but the distance can be taxing when you are a tiny pilgrim carrying a large wooden cross along the ancient, slippery cobblestones of...

Syrian truce fails to stop bloodshed

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) speaks to soldiers during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ruth Pollard As Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formally accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire proposal, his troops continued to open fire on people across the country.

Fears for Palestinian woman on hunger strike

A Palestinian woman and supporter of the Hamas movement holds banners reading in Arabic

Ruth Pollard Hana al-Shalabi's muscles are wasting and she is now on her 41st day without food.

Hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners grows

Shalabi

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: With her muscles wasting and her heart under increasing strain, 30-year-old Hana al-Shalabi is on her 41st day without food, and doctors say her condition is worsening by the day.

Israeli court orders illegal outpost demolished

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israeli government will be forced to confront the settler movement over its policy of turning a blind eye to the construction of illegal outposts.

Scarred landscape reveals its peaceful face

Ruth Pollard, Zababdeh The Ferris wheel rises up like a giant sculpture in a sea of green, an unlikely punctuation mark at the start of a 12-kilometre walk through the gentle hills and quiet valleys of the northern West...

Israelis wary of Gaza ceasefire

Gaza funeral

Ruth Pollard A tenuous Egyptian-mediated ceasefire has come into effect after four days of intense Israeli air strikes and retaliatory attacks from militant groups in Gaza, in the worst outbreak of cross-border...

New Gaza violence dogs Mid-East talks

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Middle East negotiators will meet today to discuss how to revive stalled peace talks.

A journey into Syria's dark world of torture

Ibrahim Ahmad Aloglah

Ruth Pollard, Jordan He was naked. Blindfolded. In agonising pain and scared for his life. It was his third period in detention and he would have four more to endure after that.

Obama warns on loose talk of war against Iran

Ruth Pollard Warning against 'loose talk of war' Obama has not softened his opposition to the idea of a military strike.