- Numerous videos have been published online of heavy gunfire from Rihayd
- Mohammed Bin Salman is thought to have been evacuated to nearby bunker
- It is unclear whether there have been any injuries or causalities so far
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.
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.’
Footage was posted online which claimed to be of a coup attempt near Rihayd
The tweet by a Wall Street Journalist dispelling rumours of a coup near the Saudi Arabian palace
She added that it was unclear whether the drone or toy plane represented a threat or not.
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.