Saudi forces shoot down 'toy drone' near royal palaces

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Drone near Saudi palace shot down, sparking coup fears

24 April, 2018

"Small, drone-type remote-controlled recreational aircraft was deployed without being authorized to do so, which required security personnel at the security point to deal with them in accordance with their orders and instructions in this regard".

An Interior Ministry spokesman claimed a law for its usage of drones was at its last period and also called on people to acquire the essential authorities clearance to make use of the apparatus "to get specific causes in permitted locations", state news agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman was not in his palace when gunfire was heard.

An unnamed senior Saudi official told a foreign news agency that Saudi Arabia's King Salman was not in his palace at the time of the incident.

On Saturday, videos posted online purported to show Saudi security forces shooting down the drone near King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's palace, with heavy gunfire. Reuters was unable to independently verify the videos' authenticity.

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Iran-aligned Houthi fighters there have occasionally dispatched drones across Saudi Arabia's southern border, but there was no apparent connection between that conflict and Saturday's incident in Riyadh.

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