After gunfight, Saudi police down drone near royal palace

There were no casualties, and King Salman was not at his palace at the time, a senior Saudi official told Reuters.

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.

The spokesman said the measure would be temporary until the issuance of the regulation.

An security screening point had noticed the traveling of some tiny unauthorized recreational drone, leading security forces to address it "according to their own requests and guidelines", state news agency SPA'd said. Later on, the media outlets confirmed that the gunfire was from a drone being shot down.

In 2015, the Gulf kingdom banned drones "of all types and sizes" from operating in Saudi skies without a special permit from the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

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The powerful 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.

Some observers say that due to ongoing tension among Saudi people due to frequent missile attacks by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah and the ongoing socio-political transformation led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman made some people speculating of a possible coup attempt.

"The king was at his farm in Diriya", the official said, naming another area of the capital.

As local and worldwide media celebrated the opening of Saudi Arabia's first ever cinema, the Kingdom carried out the 47th execution of 2018 by beheading.

The rebels have seized control over much of the country's northern regions since September 2014, including the capital Sanaa, and forced Hadi and his government to flee to Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.


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