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.

Israel ready for escalation after strike kills Hamas commander

Ruth Pollard ISRAELI ground forces are on standby to enter the Gaza Strip after the Israel Defence Forces said they had hit more than 100 ''targets'' in the besieged coastal territory, an offensive that began...

Analysis

Tension fuelled by election and UN bid

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Even before Israel launched the missile strike that killed the leader of Hamas's military wing overnight, local media observed that senior government ministers appeared to be making an unseemly dash...

War fears as Israel kills Hamas commander

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Ruth Pollard Israel appears set on a course of open war on Gaza, with bombing continuing and ground forces on stand-by following its assassination of the leader of the Hamas military wing.

Israel ready to respond to 'stray fire'

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard IN A sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria the two traded fire for a second day and, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross-border incursions as a ''spillover'' from its...

Israel says response to rockets can 'intensify'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country is "prepared to intensify" its response to rocket attacks from Gaza, after Israeli airstrikes killed seven Palestinians.

Israel rejects Syrian 'spillover' as tensions escalate

Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem In a sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria as the two traded fire for a second day, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross border incursions as a...

Frustrations mount over 'crazy' tit-for-tat Gaza strikes

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard The alert sounds and a voice booms out across the neighbourhood, intoning urgently in Hebrew: "Tzeva Adom, Tzeva Adom, Tzeva Adom."

Syrian exodus swells to 20,000 in one day

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent IN THE largest exodus of refugees for months, as many as 20,000 Syrians have fled their war-torn country in just 24 hours, as the humanitarian crisis caused by the 20-month-long conflict worsened.

Israel's separation barrier chokes homes and businesses

Ruth Pollard, Bethlehem Surrounded on three sides by an eight-metre-high concrete wall topped with wire and security cameras, Claire Anasta's home above her family's business has become ''a tomb'' since Israel erected its...

Fury as leader concedes pillar of Palestinian cause

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: President Mahmoud Abbas is facing down a furious response from Palestinians at home and abroad over his decision to give up his right to return to his home town of Safad, from where his...

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

Palestinian Ahmed

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...