A Jewish settler in the West Bank has been indicted by an Israeli court in the shooting deaths of four Palestinians in northern Israel earlier this month.

Defendant Asher Weisgan has been in Israeli custody since allegedly opening fire on a group of Palestinian workers at an industrial zone at the West Bank settlement of Shiloh on August 17.

At the time of the assault, police said a gunman seized a rifle from an Israeli security officer at the work zone and then shot and killed two Palestinians he had driven to the job site. He then opened fire on a crowd of nearby workers, killing two more and wounding a fifth worker.

Police said the attacker launched the attack to protest Israel's recently concluded evacuation of the Gaza Strip.