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The Red Cross said Monday that shrinking funding would force it to make further cuts, after already slashing 1,500 jobs this year, amid efforts to avoid reducing humanitarian assistance.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it expects to have to make cuts due to a 13-per cent smaller budget for 2024 than its already shrunken 2023 one.

"We live in an era of declining budgets," ICRC director-general Robert Mardini said, pointing out that the organization's forecast was the consequence of shrinking humanitarian assistance budgets globally.

"The paradox," he told reporters at ICRC's headquarters in Geneva, is that the cuts are "taking place at a time where global humanitarian needs have never been higher."

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