Rival rebel factions, and the remnants of slain President Samuel Doe's army were locked in heavy street fighting in and around the Liberian capital of Monrovia Saturday.

Intense firing echoed through the city center all day Saturday as followers of Prince Johnson clashed with government troops close to the Barclay Barracks and the presidential mansion.Bursts of gunfire emptied the streets of the diplomatic quarter of Mamba Point, where several Western embassies, including the American and British, are located.

The cease-fire was accepted Sept. 15 by all three sides in the nine-month civil war.