Following multiple tweets from many sources that detailed heavy gunfire emanating from the Saudi royal palace in Riyadh, kingdom spokespersons are claiming that they are currently investigating circumstances that led to what they assert was the downing of a drone identified flying in the area, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
There are several tweets circulating on social media, in which gunfire can be clearly heard.
BREAKING NEWS MORE: Explosions and heavy gunfire currently ongoing at or near the Royal Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The King has been evacuated — Reports pic.twitter.com/coSS9j4XNF— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) April 21, 2018
According to other social media posts, the situation in the Saudi capital was calm, as the lights remained on and the internet was functioning normally.
Several Arabic media outlets reported that King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud had been evacuated to a nearby military bunker, but this information has not been confirmed.
Earlier this week, Houthi fighters in Yemen claimed that they had launched a ballistic missile at an airport in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province. Houthi militants have fired dozens of missiles into Saudi Arabia over recent months targeting several locations, including Riyadh's international airport, in response to multiple full-scale airstrikes against Houthi positions.