The local authorities are sticking with the 'drone' story:
- SAUDI SECURITY FORCES SHOOT AT CIVILIAN DRONE IN RIYADH: SPA
- SAUDI POLICE SAY DRONE WAS FLYING WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION: SPA
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Update: Some reports that there was no coup attempt and The Wall Street Journal reports it was guards shooting down an errant drone.
However, in this era of fake news, others have confirmed the King has been moved...
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As we detailed earlier, Local reports (unconfirmed) in Riyahd say that Saudi King Salman has been evacuated following gunfire and explosions heard around the Royal Palace (in an unconfirmed coup attempt)...
However, as Saad Abedine reports, via Twitter, a Saudi tweep posted a video refuting the claims of a gunfire near the King's Ouja palace in Khozama street, saying "There is nothing here in the street. Enough with the rumours"
ياحبهم للإشاعات— موجز الأخبار 🇸🇦 (@KSA24) April 21, 2018
حي الخزامى مابوه الا العافية pic.twitter.com/o5CXKwogDR
Additionally, the London-based Saudi popular political satirist is claiming that the King was moved to a nearby airbase for "his own safety".
The London based #Saudi popular political satirist is claiming that the King was moved to a nearby airbase for "his own safety".— SaadAbedine (@SaadAbedine) April 21, 2018
So far, there is NO indication of any gunfire near the King's Ouja palace on local media. https://t.co/nNvQkZCIdU