UPDATE: Bus fleet in Hungary carries migrants to Austrian welcome

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery.

More than 1,000 people from the Middle East and Asia arrived before dawn Saturday on Hungary's border with Austria.

The migrants had spent hours marching through Hungary toward Western Europe, until they boarded scores of buses provided by the Hungarian government. The breakthrough became possible when Austria announced that it and Germany would take the migrants on humanitarian grounds.

In jubilant scenes on the border, hundreds of migrants bearing blankets over their shoulders to provide cover from heavy rains walked off from buses and into Austria, where volunteers at a roadside Red Cross shelter offered them hot tea and handshakes of welcome. Many collapsed in exhaustion on the floor, with smiles on their faces.

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APPHOTO PJO103: Migrants arrive during heavy rain at the Hungarian-Austrian border in Nickelsdorf, Austria, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, where they arrived in buses provided by Hungary's government from Budapest as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (5 Sep 2015)

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