MONROVIA, LIBERIA, JULY 7 -- The following, transmitted by the Associated Press, is a pool report by reporters in Liberia.

President Samuel K. Doe's shattered government announced a cease-fire on a makeshift radio station, but sporadic fighting between soldiers and rebels continued today on the fringe of the besieged capital.

A radio broadcast Friday night said a cease-fire had been reached, and it appealed to shopkeepers to open their businesses and government workers to return to their offices. Nearly everything remained closed today, however.

Monrovians have been beset by rebels, looting by government troops and severe food shortages, and deprived of running water and electricity for more than a week. Many said they wanted to believe the cease-fire announcement but did not.

There was no comment from the rebels, but they have said Doe must leave the country before they will accept a truce.

Liberian and diplomatic sources said the cease-fire was announced from a makeshift radio station at Doe's fortified beachside presidential mansion. The radio went off the air after the announcement.

Few people heard the broadcast because the main state radio station on the eastern outskirts of Monrovia stopped broadcasting Tuesday as rebels advanced on the city.

Internationally sponsored peace talks are to resume in neighboring Sierra Leone Tuesday. Asked if Doe was likely to hold out until then, a Western diplomat in neighboring Ivory Coast said, "I would not think so."

The diplomat, in close touch with his country's embassy in Monrovia, said Doe's soldiers were leaderless, demoralized and running wild in the streets. "A lot of the AFL {Armed Forces of Liberia} are drunk and they are firing at just about anything," he said.

Doe has been deserted by most of his cabinet ministers, the two chief army commanders and dozens of other top officials.

Rebels attacked the city's port on Friday, and the capital echoed with the rumble of heavy artillery and the crackle of gunfire. The fighting today was sporadic and occurred on the city's western and eastern outskirts.

Relief workers said about 40 civilians and soldiers were treated for injuries at an emergency field hospital set up by the European relief agency Doctors Without Borders.

Hundreds of people, fearing reprisals by soldiers or rebels belonging to rival tribes, have been trying to get into already overcrowded refugee compounds, some of which are protected by Swiss workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Refugees said many people jumped a wall Friday night to join them at the American Community School.

Western diplomats said about 17,000 people had gathered for safety at the compound of a U.S.-run maritime navigation radio transmitter. The transmitter, one of only seven of its kind in the world, fell behind rebel lines on Monday.

Creeks and wells in the city were crowded with people bathing or collecting water for cooking and drinking. Health officials fear outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman denied a report Friday that the embassy had supplied water to Doe's mansion. He said a water tanker escorted by Marines had gone Friday to a creek near the mansion to collect water for the embassy compound.

The United States has offered to help Doe leave Liberia. He reportedly has offered to resign if the rebels guarantee his safety and that of his Krahn tribe.