Red Cross seeks $1.68 billion for 2015

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Posted: Nov 27, 2014 6:49 AM

GENEVA (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking donors for $1.68 billion next year to help people caught up in armed conflicts, its biggest request ever and 25 percent larger than the current budget.

ICRC President Peter Maurer says the budget reflects the needs of people suffering from the changing nature of armed conflicts and other violence.

He told reporters Thursday at the organization's headquarters in Geneva that "new kinds of crises, in new combinations, often with a regional dimension" are expanding costs and needs in many places.

He says Syria remains the largest Red Cross operation, followed by South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Congo, Israel and the occupied territories, Mali, Central African Republic and Ukraine.