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A toy drone flying without an authorization was shot down outside the Saudi Royal Palace in Riyadh's Khozama district late Saturday, a senior Saudi official said.

The official spokesperson of the Riyadh Police said they had "dealt with" an unauthorised, small drone-type toy after spotting it in Khuzama locality around 7.50 pm, state-run SPA news agency reported, according to Al Jazeera.

The statement followed unconfirmed videos on social media that appeared to show heavy volleys of gunfire in that neighbourhood, triggering speculation of a possible coup attempt.

Despite the fact that Prince Salman is working towards the modernisation of Saudi which is an ultra-conservative kingdom and has world's some of the toughest restrictions.

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But the government ruled out any major security breach, adding that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

It was also 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.

Huthi rebels have repeatedly fired missiles into Saudi territory, including the capital Riyadh.

Saud al-Qahtani-a media adviser to the royal court, praised the sports authority's immediate action, saying on Twitter that Saudi Arabia was on the way towards "moderation but without moral breakdown".

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