MONROVIA, LIBERIA, JULY 9 -- The following, transmitted by the Associated Press, is a pool report from journalists in Liberia:

The rebel assault on the capital appeared to have slowed today and government troops roamed the city, reportedly killing suspected insurgents.

Automatic and semi-automatic gunfire and rockets echoed through the eastern suburb of Paynesville, eight miles from the city center. Rebels of Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia have said they are fighting there from house to house.

It was not immediately clear what caused the rebel advance to slow.

The rebel radio station was reported to have said today that insurgents accepted a cease-fire proposed last week by President Samuel K. Doe. The radio said a rebel delegation would attend peace talks Beginning Tuesday in Freetown, Sierra Leone, aimed at ending the six-month civil war.

But in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, chief rebel spokesman Tom Woewiyu said Sunday that the rebels had rejected a truce and were sticking to their demand that Doe leave Liberia before fighting could stop.

There have also been reports of infighting among rebel comanders.

The rebels invaded from Ivory Coast on Dec. 24 to overthrow Doe's government, accusing him of corruption, tribalism and brutal suppression of opposition.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the past week since rebels attacked the outskirts of the Liberian capital in an attempt to end Doe's 10-year rule.

Monrovia has been without water, electricity and fresh food for more than a week and food prices have soared. Monrovians lined up for hours today outside a handful of supermarkets under army guard.

Shopkeepers, fearful of soldiers who have been looting stores, opened only because Doe ordered them to in a Sunday broadcast made from a makeshift radio in his guarded executive mansion. Doe also asked government workers to return to work, but most offices and shops remained closed.

The national bank, which was robbed by soldiers of about $2.5 million last week, opened today to pay civil servants their wages.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States was arranging charter flights for a half-dozen Americans who asked for help leaving Liberia. The embassy has already evacuated most Americans from the country.

In one incident today, three soldiers drove a man to Monrovia's Atlantic Ocean shore, ordered him out of the car and shouted: "Go to the beach." The man waved his identity papers.

All three then pumped bullets into his head, back and legs from their U.S.-supplied M-16 automatic rifles just outside the front gate of the home of Dennis Jett, second-in-command at the U.S. Embassy. The soldiers told reporters who watched: "This man is a rebel."

The troops said they believed the man was a rebel because he said he was going to buy rice but had only $1.15 in his pocket. A cup of rice now costs $2.