TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO rained scores of bombs on the Libyan capital in a rare daytime assault throughout Wednesday, but Moammar Gaddafi responded swiftly with a vow that his people would never surrender.
Huge explosions rattled windows and nerves across Tripoli during a bombardment that lasted from late morning to early evening. Jets buzzed overhead, and plumes of dark gray smoke billowed into the sky. The Libyan government said 60 bombs fell on the city, killing 29 people. Reporters in Tripoli counted about 35 explosions.
President Obama said that NATO had made significant progress during its campaign and that it was “just a matter of time” before Gaddafi was forced from power.