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 in fear of lethal spillover from the Syrian war, Lebanese villagers brace for the worst

Ruth Pollard As the battles in Syria creep closer to southern Lebanon, residents in the predominantly Sunni Muslim town of Shebaa and in nearby Druze villages live in a state of near-perpetual anxiety.

Turkey media arrests pure 'political vengeance'

Clampdown: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accusing his political enemies of

Ruth Pollard Just days before the first anniversary of a bribery investigation that rocked the Erdogan government, at least 23 journalists, scriptwriters, directors and police officers were rounded up, accused of...

Palestinian Authority condemns death of government minister at protest

Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (centre) argues with Israeli soldiers as they prevent him from crossing to Al-Shuhada Street in the West Bank city of Hebron on November 29.

Ruth Pollard Pressure is building on the Palestinian Authority to suspend all security cooperation with Israel after a Palestinian government minister died following an altercation with Israeli soldiers at a...

Syria's refugee children left living in fear

Living in fear: Syrian refugees Um Azzam and her two-year-old daughter Fatima.

Ruth Pollard "When she hears the wind, she thinks it is shelling, when she hears a car drive along the road at night she thinks it is someone coming to take us," Umm Azzam says of her two-year-old daughter.

Wife and son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained in Lebanon

Wanted: Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has a $US10 million price on his head, delivers a sermon at a mosque in Iraq in July.

Ruth Pollard Lebanon has detained a wife and young son of Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed "caliph" of the brutal jihadist organisation, security and military sources say.

Can home demolitions deter attacks?

Nadia Abu Jamal, widow of Ghassan Abu Jamal who carried out a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, holds her son in their house in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber on November 26, 2014, which Israel ordered to be destroyed. Israel revoked the residency rights Abu Jamal, drawing condemnation from human rights groups. The move came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek broad powers to rescind the residency and welfare rights of any Palestinian resident of Israel or annexed east Jerusalem if they or their relatives participated in unrest. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD GHARABLIClick to play video

Ruth Pollard Israeli policy reignites debate about collective punishment of Palestinians.

Brutal murders of rabbis at prayer in Jerusalem synagogue push a divided city to the edge

An Israeli mourns during the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Kalman Levine and Avraham Goldberg in Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard In a city already deeply riven with sectarian tensions, the brutal slaughter of four rabbis in an ultra-Orthodox synagogue has pushed Jerusalem to the edge of what many fear could escalate into...

Abdul-Rahman Kassig's death confirmed by White House


Ruth Pollard Describing his aid work as "the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people," the White House has confirmed the death of Abdul-Rahman "Peter" Kassig.

Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig

Peter Kassig delivering aid last year.

Ruth Pollard The Islamic State jihadist group is claiming to have executed US aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the United States.

UN calls to West as 13.6 million are displaced in Iraq and Syria

Syrian Kurdish refugees gather around fire in a refugee camp in Suru.

Ruth Pollard Warning that the world was growing numb to the worsening crisis in Syria and Iraq, in which at least 13.

Lebanese prepare as winter threatens Islamic State advance

Lebanese boys walk past a burnt-out building on a street in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh Sunni neighbourhood after three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists.

Ruth Pollard The guns have fallen silent in this city – for now – after the latest attempt by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants to gain a foothold in Lebanon's north failed to win any ground.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: claims

Dead or alive? Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Ruth Pollard The fate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with rumours that he was wounded in a US air strike in Iraq still unconfirmed.

IS kill hundreds from one Sunni tribe

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Click to play video

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants have massacred 322 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe killed in western Anbar province.

Islamic State slaughters 50 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in Iraq

Islamic State fighters are leaving a trail of bloodshed across Iraq, with their latest massacres reported in the Anbar province.

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants shot dead 50 Sunni tribespeople in their third massacre in four days.

Kobane: Fears Kurdish fighters dying at border as Turkey remains unmoved

Rabia Ali mourns at the grave of her son, a Kurdish fighter killed in fighting with Islamic State militants.

Ruth Pollard At the hospital near Suruc volunteers are worried. No injured have arrived in the last 12 hours and they fear patients may be dying at the border, prevented by Turkish military from making it to...

Kurds mourn dead as air strikes give troops boost against Islamic State in Kobane

Up to 200,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Kobane.

Ruth Pollard The shutters were closed tight at shops and businesses all over the Turkish city of Suruc on Thursday as the mostly Kurdish population gathered to mourn those who died fighting to save Kobane.