CAIRO — Egyptian police fired tear gas Sunday in an attempt to free a guard from rioting detainees, killing at least 36, officials said as the country’s military leader vowed to tolerate no more violent protests after days of clashes that killed nearly 900 people.
The prisoners, who were captured during the fierce fighting in recent days around Cairo’s Ramses Square, died from suffocation as police tried to subdue them, officials said.
General Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, the head of the Defense Ministry, said Sunday that the military was determined to halt the violence.
“We will not stand by silently watching the destruction of the country and the people or the torching the nation and terrorizing the citizens,” el-Sissi said in a speech aired on state television. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.