The men were convicted by a military court for participating in an attack against security forces in the restive Sinai region in 2013, killing several soldiers. The attack was believed to be carried out on behalf of the Egyptian branch of ISIS.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has reportedly ordered security forces to brutally crush the jihadist campaign. Moreover, hundreds of death sentences have been awarded to jihadists and dissenters since Sisi ascended to power in 2013.
According to Cornell University's Death Penalty Worldwide project, since Sisi ascended to power in 2013, the number of executions have recorded a steady increase.
"These executions are a flagrant breach of international law. Trials in Egypt routinely fail to meet basic fair trial standards, especially in mass trials and military tribunals," states Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, an international human rights organization.