One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday after a commercial vehicle drove into a crowd of people on Shimon Hatzadik Street, near the entrance to the capital.
Two of the casualties are reported to be in critical condition and one in serious condition.
One of the wounded is a Border Police officer, according to the Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich.
The name of the driver, according to the Islamic Jihad website, was Ibrahim al-Akari, from Shuafat, in East Jerusalem. He is reported to be the brother of one of the Palestinians released in the Shalit deal and deported abroad.
According to rescue unit head Eli Bir, who was one of the first on the scene, the vehicle hit several pedestrians on Highway 1, at a bus stop on the corner of Shimon Hatzadik Street, then continued on to the next junction, at Moshe Zaks Street, where it ploughed into more pedestrians.
The driver then exited the vehicle and began attacking people with a metal rod, before being shot and killed by police.
The trauma ward at Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem received one casualty in critical condition who later died and three patients in serious condition who are now being assessed.
Another four casualties were taken to Shaarei Zedek Hospital. Two are in critical condition and on life support.
Hamas praised the attack and called for more violence.
"We praise this heroic operation," said Hamas official Fawzi Barhoum. "We call for more such ... operations."
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri on Wednesday praised the terrorist who carried out the attack in Jerusalem, saying that that it was an act of revenge “for al-Aqsa and for the blood of those who guard Al-Aqsa.”
While the peace plan has not been entirely effective, with continued reports of fighting near Donetsk and other cities in the east, the Ukrainian president has thus far rejected a new military campaign.
But on Tuesday, Poroshenko requested the military deploy more troops to the eastern towns of Mariupol and Kharkiv, in a bid to stave off attacks.
"Several new units have been formed that will enable us to repel possible attacks [in those areas] and [in] areas north of Luhansk and the Dnipropetrovsk region," he said, according to a statement on the president's website.
Coinciding with the high-level meeting in Kyiv, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels that military alliance had evidence of heightened Russian military activity close to Ukraine.
"We see Russian troops moving closer to the border with Ukraine," NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, the winners in Sunday's elections, weresworn in as the respective presidents of Donetsk and Luhansk on Tuesday.
Their insistence on moving forward with exerting their authority over the region prompted concern from the EU's new foreign affairs minister.
It would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible," to move toward peace if the current accord were to collapse, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the UK's Guardian newspaper.
Later in the day, she told reporters in Brussels that the separatist elections threatened to close "the window of opportunity" for all sides to maintain dialogue, instead of reverting back to an armed conflict.
The US and UN have also rebuked leaders in eastern Ukraine in recent days, a criticism which also points to Moscow's influence over the region. While Russia has not formally endorsed the outcome of Sunday's polls, it supported the legitimacy of the elections.