Fourteen Egyptians will be executed for carrying out deadly attacks in the Sinai peninsula last year.
The judge handed out the punishment of death by hanging and gave life sentences to another four men.
The condemned men belong to a militant islamist group called Tawheed and Jihad, who are also believed to have killed 34 people in tourist resorts in South Sinai in 2004 and 2005.
Tawheed and Jihad have denounced Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi, describing him as an ‘infidel’ despite the president belonging to Islamist party the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mindful of preventing neighbours Israel from becoming involved in the Sinai security situation, these harsh sentences are being seen as a message to militants.
The region has become more unstable since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak, with an attack there in August causing the deaths of 16 Egyptian soldiers.