Riyadh Begins Probe after Gunfire Erupts near Saudi Royal Palace

Riyadh Khuzama neighborhood

Saudi security forces shot down a small recreational drone flying in an unauthorized space in the capital Riyadh on Saturday, according to the kingdom's state news agency.

Saudi activists on the social media also called into question the Saudi government's story, saying that no toy drone was involved as there are no video footages showing the downing of the toy drone.

There was no information of where the king was.

An official spotted the drone in Khozama district, where the royal palaces are located, and dealt with it "according to their orders and instructions", a statement from Riyadh police said.

A senior Saudi official confirmed that no one was injured while drone was shot down and the king Salman was not in the palace. Reports confirmed that King Salman was not inside the palace during the incident. Reuters was unable to independently verify the videos' authenticity. The official added that the government will introduce rules to regulate the use of recreational drones.

Even the 32-year-old leader ousted his elderly cousin as crown prince past summer at a palace coup after which jailed senior royals as part of an anticorruption sweep.

The attacker, who was identified by the interior ministry as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national, was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and three Molotov cocktails.

Huthi rebels have repeatedly fired missiles into Saudi territory, including the capital Riyadh. Notable clerics also have been detained in a clear bid.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir has repeated this offer to the U.S. with the hope that this time Washington will take it more seriously.

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