Saudi finalizing drone regulation following incident near royal palace

Drone shot down near Saudi King's palace

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.

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

Drone users will have to obtain permission "from police in their neighborhoods" to fly the aircraft "for the purposes assigned to them in permitted sites", a spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Saudi Arabian security forces shot down a toy drone near King Salman's palace in the capital Riyadh on Saturday, a senior official and the state news agency said.

On Saturday, videos posted online purported to show Saudi security forces shooting down the drone near King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's palace, with heavy gunfire.




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

The 32-year-old prince has also overseen a major military shake-up and a royal purge as he consolidates power to a degree well beyond that wielded by previous rulers.

In October 2017, two security guards were killed by Mansour al-amri, a young Saudi national armed with Kalashinkov rifle who drove up to a gate of the king's palace in Jeddah.

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

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

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