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LIBERIA REBELS REJECT PROPOSED CEASE-FIRE

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Rebels besieging the capital have rejected a cease-fire proposed by President Samuel Doe and resumed fighting Sunday, rebel sources said.

However, battles were reportedly less intense than in recent days.Sources in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, said insurgents were moving slowly, fighting from house to house in the suburb of Paynesville, eight miles from the center of Monrovia. Paynesville has been the scene of fighting for several days.

The sources, who were in contact with the front, said it could be days before insurgents take the capital. They said the rebels hoped demoralized soldiers would give up.

As fighting slowed Saturday, there were reports Doe ventured out of his executive mansion in an open jeep to tour the captital's nearly empty streets. Some people reportedly ran indoors when they heard he was coming.

On Friday, Doe broadcast a message from his mansion saying a cease-fire had been arranged in the six-month civil war in this West African nation of 2 million people. The mansion, crammed with food and ammunition, is protected by his heavily armed presidential guard.