Saudi drone enthusiasts to require permit after 'palace incident'

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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.

As local and global media celebrated the opening of Saudi Arabia's first ever cinema, the Kingdom carried out the 47th execution of 2018 by beheading.

Saudi security forces positioned near the royal palace engaged an errant drone with small arms fire, state media reported April 21, citing an official police spokesman. 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. "The king was at his farm in Diriya", the other Riyadh area, the official said.

In the wake of the very serious incident, the Ministry of the Interior reiterated that the use of drones is only allowed within special "permitted sites", and only after obtaining a license.

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Movie theatres are expected to open to the public in May as a part of Saudi Prince Mohammed's plans to diversify the economy and enact social change. But they have also fueled speculation about a possible backlash against the crown prince, who remains popular with Saudi Arabia's burgeoning youth population.MBS returned earlier this month from a foreign tour that included the United States, where he sought investments and support to curb Iranian influence in the region.

Riyadh and Tehran are locked in a decades-long struggle for supremacy that is being waged in several countries, including Yemen.

In 2015, the Saudi civil aviation authority banned the use of remotely controlled drones "of all types and sizes" without prior permits.

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