In Assignment in Arabia, Jerid Beni Menzil was the son of the sheikh of El Kafala. His uncle Abu Ibn Menzil, after murdering his father, kidnapped him from his school in Britain and brought him back to El Kafala as a prisoner. Biggles was sent to rescue him, aided by an Arab medical student studying in Britain named Miktel. After his successful rescue, Jerid returned to El Kafala escorted by a flight of R.A.F. aircraft to reclaim his position as sheikh. At the time of his abduction, Jerid was sixteen years old and had been studying in Britain for three years.