Beheadings on Rise in Saudi Arabia

Sheila Mcguire
April 24, 2018

Riyadh police said security forces responded to an unauthorised, small drone-type toy after spotting it near a security point in the Khuzama neighbourhood.

A tiny unmanned aircraft has apparently caused quite a stir in the capital of Saudi Arabia, reportedly prompting King Salman to seek shelter in a military bunker as security forces moved in to deal with the intruder.

The authorities have also initiated investigation procedures into the incident, it added. There was no immediate information about any injuries or damage.

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The commotion initially sparked concerns of an attempted coup, but media outlets reported that the gunfire was from a toy plane or drone being shot down. Amateur footage circulating earlier on social media showed loud gunfire that lasted for at least 30 seconds, leading to speculation online about a possible coup attempt in the world's top oil exporter and questions about the whereabouts of the king and crown prince. Reuters was unable to independently verify the videos' authenticity.

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.

"The king was at his farm in Diriya", the official said, naming another area of Riyadh.

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In October 2017, two security guards were killed by Mansour al-amri, a young Saudi national armed with Kalashinkov rifle who drove up to a gate of the king's palace in Jeddah.

The decision to close down all-female wellness centres, led a group of Saudi women to launch during the same year, a campaign called "Let Her Get Fat", blaming the authorities for the lack of places to exercise outside the home since they can not use men's clubs.

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