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“Most of the officials remaining in Tripoli are forced to stay under intimidation and pressure. They are not happy with what is happening,” Mr. al-Houni told the AP.

Guma El-Gamaty, London-based spokesman for the Libyan opposition’s Interim National Council, said, “All what we know is that Shukri Ghanem is in Tunisia.”

NATO has stepped up strikes on Tripoli, and one of the buildings hit early Tuesday was used by the Interior Ministry, which is responsible for internal security.

Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim suggested the ministry was targeted because it contained files on rebel leaders in Benghazi, the de-facto capital of the eastern half of the country, which is under opposition control.

“If they (NATO) are really interested in protecting civilians … then we call upon them to stop and start talking to us,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday urged Libya’s government representatives to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Mr. Lavrov said that Col. Gadhafi’s representatives reiterated their willingness to consider a peace plan tabled by the African Union that called for an immediate cease-fire and dialogue between the government and the rebels. The rebels have rejected that plan.

The meeting follows a Monday visit to Moscow by the United Nations special envoy for Libya.

Bouazza ben Bouazza reported from Tunis, Tunisia. Associated Press reporters Maggie Michael and Tarek el-Tablawy contributed from Cairo.