Saudi forces shoot down 'toy drone' near royal palaces

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Drone shot down near Saudi King's palace

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.

The official statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Sunday added that a new "regulation for the use of remote-controlled drones is in its final stages".

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. Reports confirmed that King Salman was not inside the palace during the incident.

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Saudi official said King Salman was not at the palace when the incident took place. Reuters was unable to independently verify the videos' authenticity.

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