Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacked a senior aide on Tuesday, shortly after a video posted online appeared to show the official slapping a photojournalist, state media said.
Salman replaced the head of royal protocol Mohammed al-Tobayshi with Khalid al-Abbad, according to a decree published by the SPA official news agency.
In a video circulated on social media, Tobayshi appeared to slap one of the photographers covering the Saudi monarch's reception of Morocco's King Mohammed VI.
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The swift decision was welcomed by Saudis on social networks.
"This is decisive Salman," wrote journalist Saud al-Murshid on his Twitter account, alluding to the Saudi-led military operation against Shiite rebels in Yemen, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm.