Allied air strikes have hit at the heart of Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli.
Extensive damage was wrought on the four story building – a justifiable target, says the coalition, as it contained the means of controlling Libya’s forces.
Operations to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya resumed over night in a second wave of attacks.
A spokesperson for the regime said the destruction proved that the Western allies were targeting civilian areas.
Libyan government spokesperson Ibrahim Musa told reporters: “This building is an administrative building in which people were working. It was hit only two hours ago and as you have seen with your own cameras, people, civilians, families, children have come from everywhere, to protect this location and the rocket hit only 50 to 100 metres away from them.”
Western journalists were taken to the site where residents chanted their defiance and expressed their loyalty to the Libyan leader.
Gaddafi has described the coalition as terrorists and vowed to fight to the death.