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.

Living with a bomb: life after the Gaza war

Ruth Pollard For seven months, the Nasser family lived above an unexploded one-tonne bomb that crashed through their roof during last year's Gaza war.

Yemen moves closer to all-out civil war as Houthi rebels advance

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Taiz.

Ruth Pollard Yemen's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen issues a call for Gulf countries to launch military intervention to halt Shiite fighters.


Relations with US strained as Netanyahu seizes power

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard The diplomatic fallout has been swift, since Israel said yes to the man who said no to a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu surges to 'great victory' in Israel election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters in Tel Aviv after claiming victory at the polls.

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party has pulled decisively ahead in Israel's bitterly contested election.

Israeli election: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urges voters to counter high Arab Israeli turnout in final, desperate push

Trailing in the polls ... Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Jerusalem as he pushes for re-election.

Ruth Pollard The campaigning went down to the wire, with frantic text messages and Facebook videos from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rally Israelis to re-elect him for fourth term.

Who's who in the race for the Knesset

Ruth Pollard The key parties and personalities in Israel's general election.

On war-torn frontier, Israelis feel government has forgotten them

Ruth Pollard Anger and a sense of betrayal remains in Israel's frontier communities after last year's conflict with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu plays the hardline settlement expansion card to capture right-wing voters

A supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard An increasingly desperate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rallying right-wing voters with expansive promises.

Kurds unite to build Kurdistan in defiance of Islamic State

Nishtiman Nishtiman, a 26-year-old YPG fighter, takes a break from a three-day push to liberate eight villages in north-eastern Syria.

Ruth Pollard, Qamishli Amid the carnage of Syria's four-year civil war, Kurds are building their own state.

Kurdish fighters hold funeral for Australian Ashley Johnston, killed fighting Islamic State

Kurdish fighters held a funeral for Australian Ashley Johnston on Thursday evening. He was killed fighting Islamic State militants. Photo: Massoud Mohamed

Ruth Pollard The body of Australian army reservist Ashley Johnston, who was killed fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants, has been handed over to family representatives in Turkey.

Australian arrested in Lebanon over suspected terrorist links

An Australian man has been arrested in Lebanon.

Ruth Pollard An Australian man has been arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of having links to terrorist organisations, local media reported.

Iraq launches major offensive to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Members of the Iraqi security forces head towards al-Dawr, south of Tikrit.

Ruth Pollard In a fresh test of the Iraqi Army's ability as a fighting force and the willingness of Sunni tribal leaders to work with the army's Shiite militia backers, Iraq has launched a high-risk attack on the...


As Libya descends into chaos, Islamic State expands its territory

A still from a video purportedly shows members of Islamic State in Libya's coastal city of Sirte.

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state of civil war, Libyans had little reason to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the revolution that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s long dictatorship.

Egypt conducts second wave of strikes against Islamic State in Libya in retaliation for mass beheading of Christians

An Egyptian air force fighter jet lands at an undisclosed location in Egypt following air strikes in Libya.

Ruth Pollard Egypt conducted a second wave of air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya in retaliation for the massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians who were lined up on Libya’s Mediterranean coast and...

Palestinian camp in Lebanon named as one corner of jihadist 'death triangle'

Shadi Mawlawi is borne aloft by his supporters in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, in May 2012. He is now believed to be hiding in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

Ruth Pollard Ain al-Hilweh – impoverished, deeply divided and with a reputation as Lebanon's most radical refugee camp – is on edge.