Drone shot down near Saudi King's palace

Saul Bowman
April 23, 2018

An unidentified senior Saudi official was quoted as saying by Reuters that King Salman was not at his palace at the time of the incident.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, security forces spotted an unauthorised small recreational drone flying over the city's Khuzama district at 19:50 pm on Saturday and "dealt with it according to orders and instructions in this regard".

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

There were several tweets circulating on social media, in which gunfire could be clearly heard.

The authenticity of the videos could not be verified.


Saudi Arabia is also embroiled in a long-running conflict with Iran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, dubbed by the United Nations as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"The king was at his farm in Diriya", the official said, naming another area of the capital. Three others were also wounded in the attack.

Saudi Arabia has witnessed a string of revolutionary political improvements over the previous year beneath the king's child, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who's spearheaded reforms to transform the market and also open up the united states. The royal guards killed the attacker on the spot.

While new regulations are being finalized, Saudi Arabia has reminded drone owners, one day after a drone intrusion triggered heavy gunfire in the capital, that flying unmanned aerial vehicles without a special permit is illegal.

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