A NATO air strike has flattened a building inside Muammar Gaddafi’s compound, in what government officials say was an attempt on the Libyan leader’s life.
At least 45 people are reported injured.
The attack on the capital, Tripoli, also caused a temporary blackout of state TV broadcasts.
Government spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, condemned the raid.
“NATO has to understand, that if it’s really, really into peace and democracy in Libya, it should stop bombarding us and start talking to us. Talking is cheap, it’s useful, productive and it gains results. Come down on the ground and talk to us,” he said.
Meanwhile Gaddafi’s forces have continued to pound Misrata despite saying they would hold their fire.
Food shortages are adding to the increasing misery in this western city, which has found itself the focal point of the armed rebellion against Gaddafi as battles elsewhere drift into stalemate.