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The military deployments were coordinated, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, with the Israeli government.

The Bright Star exercise is the largest of its kind for the Middle East and in the past included army, air force and naval maneuvers with U.S. and Egyptian forces.

The exercises are scheduled once every two years and have been taking place since 1980.

The joint exercises are part of the nearly $2 billion in annual military aid the United States has provided Cairo since the signing of the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel in 1979.