NATO aircraft conducted raids over Tripoli overnight with government buildings bearing the brunt of the attacks.
Libyan officials escorted journalists to the High Commission for Children, which suffered extensive damage.
Witnesses in the capital say NATO planes were trying to hit Gaddafi’s compound.
A hospital suffered shattered windows after a missile felled a nearby telecommunications tower.
The raids came as Western powers plotted their next move. The conflict between the Libyan leader and rebels seeking to oust him appears to have reached a stalemate.
A rebel newspaper claims that anti-Gaddafi factions are leading an uprising in the suburbs of Tripoli after picking up light arms from defecting security officers. The Libyan government deny the reports.