efe-epaGuatemala City

A group of Honduran migrants, made up of some 250 people, left a shelter in Guatemala City on Thursday and headed toward Mexico as a first step before proceeding to their final destination - the United States.

This group, which belongs to the second caravan of some 1,500 Hondurans seeking to cross Guatemala, left the Casa del Migrante shelter in downtown Guatemala City on Thursday after having breakfast.

The director of the shelter, Father Mauro Verzeletti, said on Tuesday that in a matter of eight days - from Oct. 16-23 - the shelter's personnel had accommodated and provided medical and psychological care, as well as food, to more than 11,000 migrants.

The first migrant caravan, now made up of some 7,000 people, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Oct. 13, and is currently travelling through Mexico heading toward the United States, after having crossed Guatemala.

The second caravan, which is divided in several groups, is currently crossing Guatemala and also seeks to reach the United States.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to send the military to the southern border with Mexico to stop the caravan, while saying that he will cut economic aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a reprisal for allowing the migrants to continue and lashing out at Mexico for not stopping them.