Saudi drone restrictions following palace incident

Saudis Say `Dealt With' Riyadh Drone After Reports of Gunfire

Saudi Security Forces Shoot Down Small Drone

Saudi Arabia has witnessed a series of radical political changes over the past year under the king's son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has spearheaded reforms to transform the economy, open the country culturally, and impose a more tolerant form of Islam in the deeply conservative kingdom.

Unconfirmed videos on social media appeared to show heavy volleys of gunfire in the neighbourhood, triggering speculation of a possible coup attempt.

"The regulation for the use of remote controlled drones is in its final stages", the statement said.

The ministry called on users to retrieve the necessary police clearance to use the devices "for particular reasons in permitted locations", state news agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia was finalising regulation for the use of recreational drones, state media said Sunday, after a drone sparked security alarm as it hovered close to royal palaces in Riyadh.

The President of the General Sports Authority, Turki al-Sheikh, who ordered the suspension of the center's license and the opening of an investigation, said the video contained scenes that could corrupt public morals, adding in a Twitter post that Saudi authorities "will not tolerate this".

The report quoted the spokesman of the Riyadh police as saying that an unauthorized small recreational drone was noticed by one of the security screening points at 7:50 p.m. local time.

An senior official told Reuters there have been no casualties when the drone was shot down and King Salman was not at the palace at the moment; point. "The king was at his farm in Diriya", the other Riyadh area, the official said. Royal guards killed the gunman, identified by the ministry as a 28-year-old Saudi national armed with a Kalashnikov and three grenades.

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