The lives of hundreds of migrants were under threat on the ship of human rights defenders

German rescue vessel Iuventa owned by non-governmental organizations Jugend Rettet distress in the Mediterranean sea. On Sunday, April 16, reported on the company’s page in Facebook.

According to published information, the ship took on Board too many workers and not moving on. “Iuventa constantly sends the signal Mayday (international distress signal — approx. “Of the”) Italian rescuers”, — stated in the message. It is noted that due to deteriorating weather conditions threatened the lives of hundreds of people, including pregnant women and children. While many do not have life jackets.

In addition to migrants on Board about 400 people are in the inflatable boats around the vessel.

In 2015, the influx of refugees from the Middle East caused the crisis in the European Union. After the result of the agreement with Turkey was blocked by the so-called Balkan route through the countries of South-Eastern Europe, the main flow of migrants moved through Libya. This is mainly residents of West African countries attempting to cross into Italy.

According to the International organization for migration, since the beginning of this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean sea were killed or went missing 665 people. As follows from official data of the Italian authorities, over the same period, the country has arrived more than 23 thousand illegal migrants.