Fears of a coup are sparked in Saudi Arabia after heavy gunfire erupts near the Royal Palace

Fears of a coup are sparked in Saudi Arabia after heavy gunfire erupts near the Royal Palace
# 21 April 2018 22:34 (UTC +04:00)

Fears that an armed coup was underway in Saudi Arabia's palace have been dismissed as a drone which got too close to the gates, APA reports quoting Daily Mail.

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.

Wall Street journalist Margherita Stancati, who reports from Saudi Arabia, tweeted: 'No coup attempt in Riyadh. A toy drone/plane got too close too the King’s palace and was shot down.'


She added that it was unclear whether the drone or toy plane represented a threat or not.

A Saudi official confirmed on a state news agency that a drone had been shot down after footage was posted online of the gunshorts.

A spokesman for the Riyadh police said forces at a checkpoint in the Khozama district identified the drone and 'dealt with it according to their orders', state news said without specifying if there were any injuries or damage.

According to the rumours on social media, it was claimed that the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had been evacuated to a nearby bunker at a military base for his safety, although this too appears to be false.

Twitter was full of rumours, claiming that the footage proved there was an ongoing coup.

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