Saudi Forces Shoot Down 'Toy Drone' Near Royal Palace

Hugh Fox
April 22, 2018

Gunfire was heard near Saudi Arabia's royal palace Saturday with conflicting reports after a drone reportedly neared the site.

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The official spokesperson of the Riyadh Police said they had "dealt with" an unauthorised, small drone-type toy after spotting it in Khuzama locality around 7.50 pm, state-run SPA news agency reported, according to Al Jazeera.

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But the government ruled out any major security breach, adding that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Saudi's King Salman was not in a palace at the time of the attack, according to a senior official cited by Reuters.

The 32-year-old prince has also overseen a major military shake-up and a royal purge as he consolidates power to a degree well beyond that wielded by previous rulers.

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The young prince has also led his country's war against a Yemeni Zaidi Shiite Muslim rebel group known as Ansar Allah, or the Houthis, which took over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in 2015.

Fears that an armed coup was underway in Saudi Arabia's palace have been dismissed as a drone which got too close to the gates.

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