Ruth Sherlock International Correspondent, covering the Middle East
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Ruth Sherlock

International Correspondent, covering the Middle East

Ruth Sherlock is an International Correspondent with National Public Radio. She's based in Beirut and reports on Syria and other countries around the Middle East. She was previously the United States Editor for the Daily Telegraph, covering the 2016 US election. Before moving to the US in the spring of 2015, she was the Telegraph's Middle East correspondent.

Sherlock reported from almost every revolution and war of the Arab Spring. She lived in Libya for the duration of the conflict, reporting from opposition front lines. In late 2011 she travelled to Syria, going undercover in regime held areas to document the arrest and torture of antigovernment demonstrators. As the war began in earnest, she hired smugglers to cross into rebel held parts of Syria from Turkey and Lebanon. She also developed contacts on the regime side of the conflict, and was given rare access in government held areas.

Her Libya coverage won her the Young Journalist of the Year prize at British Press Awards. In 2014, she was shortlisted at the British Journalism Awards for her investigation into the Syrian regime's continued use of chemical weapons. She has twice been a finalist for the Gaby Rado Award with Amnesty International for reporting with a focus on human rights. With NPR, in 2020, her reporting for the Embedded podcast was shortlisted for the prestigious Livingston Award.

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Monday

A wooden boat was spotted at night in international waters north of Libya by Doctors Without Borders' rescue team aboard the MV Geo Barents. Valerio Muscella for NPR hide caption

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A rescue ship saved them from the sea. Now these migrants find a tough road in Europe

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Wednesday

On a rescue ship, migrants talk about their journey to Europe

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Tuesday

Fighting increases between U.S. forces and Iran-backed militias

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Thursday

The Iraqi government feels the pressure as militias increase attacks on U.S. bases

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Tuesday

Satellite image from Copernicus Sentinel-2, taken on Sept. 7, processed by Sentinel Hub. Damage analysis of Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite data from Oct. 7 to Nov. 10 by Corey Scher of CUNY Graduate Center and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University. Building footprints from Microsoft. Daniel Wood/NPR hide caption

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Gaza health officials say thousands of civilians were killed in 'evacuation' areas

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Wednesday

Women prepare a symbolic dinner table during a rally in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday, demanding the release of Israelis held hostage in the Gaza Strip since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Haneen Zoabi, a former member of Israel's parliament, was arrested at a peaceful protest and released this month. Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR Images for NPR hide caption

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What it's like to be a Palestinian living in Israel right now

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Monday

Newborn babies were evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip and crossed into Egypt on Nov. 20, 2023. Anas Baba for NPR hide caption

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Friday

Tuesday

Palestinians injured in Israeli raids arrive at Nasser Medical Hospital on Tuesday in Khan Younis, Gaza. Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he disembarks from an aircraft on his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Jonathan Ernst/AP hide caption

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Hezbollah leader's speech is expected to weigh in on the Israel-Hamas war

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Tuesday

Soldiers who invaded Gaza before, weigh the dangers of a new invasion.

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Israeli military veterans describe actions that pummeled Gaza ahead of 2014 invasion

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Saturday

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Friday

More than 200 hostages are held in Gaza. Their families lack needed information

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Wednesday

Biden makes deal on aid delivery to Gaza

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President Biden travels to Israel and President Putin travels to China

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Tensions rise over an explosion at a Gaza hospital that killed 500 people

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Saturday

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