Drone shot down near Saudi King's palace

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Videos had been posted on social media which claimed to be of heavy gunfire outside the palace in Rihayd, although these now appear to be false.

A number of videos have emerged online, purportedly showing heavy gunfire in close proximity to the royal palace in the Saudi capital.

The official spokesman of Riyadh police said on Saturday that security forces "dealt with" an unauthorised, small drone-type toy after spotting it at a security point in Khuzama neighbourhood, state-run news agency SPA said.

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"With the ongoing violence in the capital Riyadh #Gunfire_in_Al-Khazami-neighborhood "and with #Fleeing_of_King_Salman I hope that no citizens are hurt", Masarir wrote on Twitter".

Government officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the whereabouts of the Saudi king and crown prince during the incident. Sheikh is also an adviser to the crowned Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Crown Prince Mohammed now serves as deputy prime minister and defense minister. Saudi Arabia and a coalition of allies have struggled to oust the insurgents, which have fired ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, in the midst of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, will allow women to drive from June and recently permitted them to enter sports stadiums for the first time.